A baby was born eight hundred years ago in the northern city of Afghanistan, a city called Balkh, prosperous of its wealth. The beauty of that city diminished swiftly because of the change in the political climate at the time. The familys change of heart for that city lead them to Konya, a city in central Turkiye where it became the resting place of the then great Islamic scholar who was later known as Rumi.
Rumis way of life which was embodied with respect to fellow human beings and divine love still resonates in our contemporary world, with his poems, thoughts and the Whirling Dervishes.
It was 2005, when the Whirling Dervishes came to Los Angeles and San Diego. The spectacular performance was watched by a total of three thousand people. It was a rare opportunity to experience the incredible show featuring beautiful costumes, live music with flutes, string and percussion, and the amazing sight of the Dervishes whirling on the stage at UCLA Royce Hall and Joan B. Kroc Theater.