Sufi Poets Series IV: Mapping Words

South Asia Calling Festival

Lakeshore Terrace, York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West


An evening of music, poetry and spoken word that seeks to revive ancient South Asian poets through modern interpretation and contemporary performance. Performers will take the audience on a journey through South Asia, tracing a map of words that reflect the immense diversity in culture, language and content.

Works interpreted include poetry by Laxmi Prasad Devkota (Nepal), Nasir Khusraw (Afghanistan) and Rabindranath Tagore (India).


Ravi Naimpally (tabla)
Sina Bathaie (santur)
Kironmoy Datta (baul poetry)
Lishai Peel (spoken word)
Jawaid Danish (Urdu poetry)
Ishwar Mooljee (poetry of Tagore)
Kanwal Rahim (storytelling/dance)

Curated by Sufi Poets Series Artistic Director and Poet, Sheniz Janmohamed.

For more details, visit South Asia Calling’s website. 

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Ignite Poets was founded in 2003 by Toronto-based poet and spoken word artist, Sheniz Janmohamed in the hopes that it would create opportunities for young poets, musicians and spoken word artists to collaborate and creatively work together for peace and partnership. Ignite’s second show, Ignite II: Unite, raised funds for The World Partnership Walk (The Aga Khan Foundation).


Ignite Poets is an initiative dedicated to providing poets, spoken word artists and performers with a chance to collaborate, perform and conduct creative experiments. Our mandate is to unite various performers and artists from a wide range of backgrounds to breathe life into ancient and original poetry, while celebrating diversity and practicing innovation.

We believe it is crucial that poetry remains alive, and that young poets will get the chance to keep it alive. We strive to be heard, to be seen, and to be understood and we will continue to use our words to help instigate change.

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