Sufism: The Legacy of Rumi

March 8 | 6PM
CSMVS - Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai
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The Consulate General of Turkey in Mumbai in collaboration with Avid Learning present a discussion on the Sufi poet Rumi’s philosophical legacy with an emphasis on women in Sufism. This Women’s Day, join them for the rarest of rare insights from Esin Çelebi Bayru, Rumi's granddaughter (22 generations removed) and Vice President of the International Mevlana Foundation and active member of the Mevlevi Order as she elucidates on the fascinating and inspiring role of women within the Mevlevi Order and in Sufism in a contemporary context. Ms Çelebi is a pivotal figure in contemporary Sufism today and globally proactive in promoting Rumi’s teachings. She will be in conversation with Anupa Mehta, Author and an Initiate in the Mevlevi Dervish Order. Join in for a mystical and insightful session which is sure to be a landmark event in Mumbai.

Bios of Panellists:

Esin Çelebi Bayru, the 22nd generation granddaughter of Mevlana was born in Aleppo on the 2nd of April, 1949. She completed her primary, secondary and high school education in Private Işık High School. Afterwards, she graduated from Arabic and Persian Philology Department at the Faculty of Letters in Istanbul University. She became the vice president of the International Mevlana Foundation which was founded in 1996. In cooperation with her colleagues, she prepared two significant projects under the auspices of the Foundation and presented them to UNESCO. Thanks to their efforts “Sema and Mevlevi Music” was voted as “The oral cultural heritage masterpiece of humanity” and the year 2007 was declared as “International Rumi Year”. The Foundation was accredited by UNESCO thanks to their hard work. Esin who also served as a consultant at the Institution of Mevlana Studies in Selçuk University, edited three books titled respectively as “Drops from the Mevlana Ocean” encapsulating conference and symposium statements of her father Celaleddin Bakır Çelebi and “Mevlana and Mevlevi order throughout centuries” authored by scientists specialized on rules and conventions, sema and music as well as “Those who reach to Allah through Mevlana” discussing foreign Mevlevis living abroad. Some of her articles and interviews were also published in various journals. In addition to this, she is invited as a guest speaker at national and international TV shows and to universities and schools both in Turkey and abroad. She is working towards explaining universal ideas, an exemplary lifestyle of Hz. Mevlana besides Mevlevi Culture as his way of right conduct and good manners. She was awarded honorary PhD Degree in the US by Berkeley California Star King School for The Ministry in May 2011 for her contributions and efforts on “World Unity, Peace and Justice”.

Anupa Mehta is an author, an arts consultant and a personal storytelling coach. She has trained with the Jungian writer and world-renowned storyteller, Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estes. She is an initiate in the Mevlevi Dervish order, and she received her initiation from Effendi Jelaluddin Loras in Konya and is a student of Sheikha Khadija Radin. She has a book of short stories, “Unseasonal Rain” (Estrade, 2014) and a novel, “The Waiting Room” (Penguin 2007) to her credit.

About Avid Learning: Avid Learning, a public programming platform and cultural arm of the Essar Group, has conducted over 600 programs and connected with more than 55,000 individuals since its inception in 2009. Driven by the belief that Learning Never Stops, AVID’s multiple formats like Workshops, Panel Discussions, Gallery Walkthroughs, and Festival Platforms create a dynamic and interactive atmosphere that stimulates intellectual and creative growth across the fields of Culture & Heritage, Literature, Art and Innovation.

The Consulate General of Turkey in Mumbai:

Turkey and India exchanged ambassadors for hundreds of years in history but formal diplomatic relations between the Republic of Turkey and the Republic of India was established in 1947. The Turkish Embassy in New Delhi was inaugurated on 8 July 1948. In addition to Turkey's consulate general in Mumbai, Turkey has 4 other representations in India. These representations include an embassy in New Delhi consulates in Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata. The Turkish consulate general is one of 423 foreign representations in India, and one of 92 foreign representations in Mumbai. The Turkish consulate general in Mumbai is one of 299 Turkish diplomatic and consular representations abroad.

About the Venue:

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India, is one of the premier art and history museums in India. Founded in the early 1900s, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya is one of the premier cultural institutions in the country. Today this building is listed as a Grade I Heritage Building and has been awarded the '2010 UNESCO Asia – Pacific Heritage Award' for Cultural Heritage Conservation. It has been awarded first place for Heritage Building Maintenance by the Indian Heritage Society.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) aims to create awareness and sensitivity towards our rich heritage through a visitor-friendly museum for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment of the public. The Museum offers a perfect leisure day out for all its visitors where you can engage with a world-class art collection and participate in fun-n-learn activities.


CSMVS - Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai

159-161, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400032

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