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Pakistani Singer Sanam Marvi in Boston this Weekend

We’re excited to welcome Sanam Marvi, one of the finest singers of Sufi devotional music and Pakistani folk songs, to Sanders Theatre this Sunday! Co-presented with World Music/CRASHarts, this performance marks the singer’s Boston debut. Her work with major Bollywood stars has made her one of the leading voices in India and Pakistan. Whether singing in Urdu, Sindhi, or Saraiki, Marvi aims to reach across generations and cultures to create an inspiring experience, meditative and trance inducing one moment and then thrillingly ecstatic the next. Like that of the late Nustrat Fateh Ali Khan, Marvi’s devotional joyousness and intoxication with divine love are completely awe-inspiring. Tickets are still available here.

In addition to the concert, Sanam Marvi is participating in a number of public activities to help foster cross-cultural dialogue and exchange:

Film Screening of Marvi: the Mystic Muse | Saturday, March 25, 4-7pm
Harvard Ed Portal | 224 Western Ave. Allston, MA 02134

Join the Harvard Ed Portal for a free screening of the award-winning film “Marvi: The Mystic Muse,” exploring singer Sanam Marvi’s search for her own roots across Pakistan and her journey with Sufism. The film will be followed by a post-screening conversation with filmmaker Tanya Panjwani and Dr. Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Harvard University.

More information about the screening

Film screening and conversation co-sponsored by Celebrity Series of Boston, Harvard Ed Portal, Harvard Office for the Arts’ Learning From Performers program, Harvard South Asia Institute, World Music/CRASHarts


Concert | Sunday, March 26 , 7:30pm
Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall | Harvard University, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge 02138

With compelling interpretations that draw deeply from one of the world’s great music traditions, Sanam Marvi is Pakistan’s next, inspiring diviner of South Asia’s humanist, folk, and Sufi texts. A vocal warrior for tolerance, spirituality and peace, this contemporary daughter of interior Sindh can urge with sweeping clarion calls or disarm with nuance.

More information about the concert

Presented by Celebrity Series of Boston and World Music/CRASHarts. This performance is generously sponsored in part by Center Stage.


Conversation on the intersection of culture, journalism, and religion | Monday, March 27, 6-7:30pm
CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

A conversation on the intersection of culture, journalism, and religion with Pakistani journalist Madeeha Syed, PRI The World’s Marco Werman, and Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Harvard University.

The conversation is cosponsored by the New England Foundation For The Arts’ Center Stage and the Harvard South Asia Institute.


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