Tell Your Story: A Conversation with Riffat Sultana and Party

Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7:00pm
CFA Hall


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Hear from Sufi singer Riffat Sultana and Party about her experiences as a Muslim woman artist both in America and abroad in Pakistan and India.

Moderated by Lebanese American writer, actress, and teaching artist Leila Buck ’99.

Ms. Sultana broke boundaries in 1995 by becoming the first woman from her family’s musical lineage to perform in public. She is the daughter of the late Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, who is universally recognized as one of the finest Pakistani classical singers of his time. Over the years, Ms. Sultana has explored Punjabi folk, devotional Sufi songs, and Indian classical music, as well as ghazals and geets (traditional, romantic/poetic folk songs); collaborated with Nile Rodgers, Quincy Jones, the Netherlands' Metropole Orchestra and Indian singer Dhroeh Nankoe, Egyptian singer Hakim, Transglobal Underground, and the late DJ Cheb i Sabbah; and has shared the stage with Patti Austin, Lionel Loueke, Richard Bona, Michael Franti, and Ben Harper, among others.

Click here to listen to "Voices of Muslim Women, and Art With a Sense of Place," a half hour segment on WNPR's Where We Live with John Dankosky, which features guests Riffat Sultana, Pamela Tatge, Director of the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan University, and Dr. Feryal Salem, Assistant Professor of Islamic Scriptures and Law, Co-Director of the Islamic Chaplaincy Program, and Director of the Imam and Muslim Community Leadership Certificate Program at Hartford Seminary.

This event is part of Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan.