Blue mohawk and the whirling dervish: a glimpse into contemporary Mevlevi soundscapes

25 September 2020 | Author: Nevin Şahin

Authenticity in the performance of Mevlevi whirling rituals has long been discussed and for a few decades, a new tradition of commemorating Mevlana Rumi (1207-73) has been established. With the foundation of state ensembles solely for performing the ritual on stage, the construction of cultural centers that comprise circular “whirling halls” and the live broadcast of the “Wedding Night (Şeb-i Arûs)” ceremony in Konya on state television, this new soundscape has gained a claim of authenticity.