Wednesday 21 June 2023

The first orchestral interpretation of Allama Muhammad Iqbal’s poem, Shikwa (Complaint): Manchester Camerata at the Bradford Literature Festival

On Friday 23 June, Manchester Camerata will premiere Rushil Ranjan's Shikwa - Symphonic Poem at the Bradford Literature Festival. It is the first orchestral interpretation of Allama Muhammad Iqbal’s poem, Shikwa (Complaint), the work was composed by multi-disciplinary and genre-defying Rushil Ranjan, and the premiere will feature vocalist Abi Sampa.

Written in 1909, Shikwa is an Urdu poem renowned for its powerful imagery and pathos, expressing the collective disillusion of the Muslim world with its internal conflicts at the beginning of the 20th century. Iqbal himself became known as the spiritual architect of Pakistan through his prolific poetry and philosophy that inspired resistance to the British Raj and eventually led to Pakistan’s independence in the 1940s.

Fusing classical, contemporary and Sufi influences, Rushil Ranjan has a unique style and has earned the reputation of one of the most distinctive and exciting musical voices in the UK today. As well as Manchester Camerata, his music has been performed by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, AR Rahman’s Firdaus Orchestra, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and other acclaimed classical artists from both the East and West.

Full details from the Bradford Literature Festival website.

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