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Light Millennium proudly presents...

Live Documentary with Slides and Original Music

Date: Thursday, November 18, 2004
Time: 7:00 PM

Prof. Talat HALMAN
, First Minister of Culture of the Republic of Turkey


Defne HALMAN, Actress

Introduction by Clifford JACOBS
Original Music by Jeff PERETZ & ABU GARA

This event dedicated to: In Memory of Aliye AK

"Love is the water of eternal life, cures every woe;
Gardens where lovers re-unite drive away all sorrow.
They say there is a window that opens from heart to heart;

If there are no walls, there is no need for any window."

   -- by Mevlana Celaleddin RUMI (1207 - 1273)

You are cordially invited to an extraordinary occasion on "RUMI: SOARING TO ECSTASY; A Poetic Presentation with Color Slide Show, and Original-Live Music; by Prof. Talat HALMAN, First Minister of Culture of the Republic of Turkey & Defne HALMAN, Actress.

Please "COME" with your family and cycle of friends to understand better and share RUMI's great love for a united humanity and universe via Prof. HALMAN & Ms. HALMAN, which will inspire us for peace, love and united world.    

How lovely to halt and rest -  and then to go on your way,
Not frozen nor muddled, to stay fresh by flowing away.
Yesterday is past and gone -  so are your words of yesterday:
How lovely to find for each new day something fresh to say

"When weapons and ignorance come together," Rumi wrote in the 13th century, tyrants arise to devastate the world with their cruelty." Hegel praised him as "one of history's great poets and thinkers." For his foremost British translator, he was "the eminent mystical poet of all ages." Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi, the 13th century universalist Sufi, in whose name his followers created the sect known as "The Whirling Dervishes", is currently having a vogue in the United States. Both Christian Science Monitor and Los Angeles Times called Rumi "the best-selling poet in America." Wherever they present their whirling ceremonies in the United States, the Dervishes are a sensation.

On Thursday, November 18th, 2004, a special program at the Turkish Center in Manhattan will feature the poetry of Rumi and the culture of he Whirling Dervishes. Entitled "Rumi: Soaring to Ecstasy", the script is a "live documentary" written by Talat S. Halman, Turkey's irst Minister of Culture. He and the Turkish-American actress Defne Halman will present the program with live music provided by Jeff Peretz and his Abu Gara Ensemble. This enlightening program will also feature color slides in addition to exciting readings of Rumi's passionate love poems. The event is organized by Bircan Unver of Light Millennium with support from M. Levent Demirel, Director of the Turkish Culture and Tourism Office of New York. The Turkish Center is at 821 United Nations Plaza, (corner of 46th Street and Second Avenue). The program starts at 7:00pm. Admission free.

Don't miss the Rumi and the Whirling Dervishes event!

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This is such day: the sun is dazzling twice as before - -
A day beyond all days, unlike all others - - say no more..
Lovers, I have great news for you: From the heavens above
This day of love brings songs and flowers in a downpour.

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To be a Sufi, forget the past, put it all away;
Turn a brand new page, rescue your being from yesterday;
Become a child of the present age, of youth, of wisdom,
Never leave this bountiful moment, this eternal day.

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When I have you, the passions of love make me stay awake;
When you are not with me, I cannot sleep - I moan, I ache;
I'm awake the night you stay with me and the night you don't...
But how those two nights are worlds apart, look, for heaven's sake.

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Tonight is such a night - - the core of the darkest layers;
Tonight is such a night when answers are found for prayers - -
The night of gifts, grants, and offerings, the night of bounty.
Such a night: we share the secrets of God like soothsayers.

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This season is not the spring, it is some other season,
The languid trances in the eyes have a different reason,
And there is another cause for the way each single branch
Dallies by itself while all the trees sway in unison.

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I took a vow that so long as life does not fade away
From my heart, I shall stay on the straight path and never stray;
But then I looked to my right and to my left - - and I saw
My beloved right and left - - left and right - - every which way.

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Life of RUMI (1207 - 1273)


The name Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi stands for Love and ecstatic flight into the infinite. Rumi is one of the great spiritual masters and poetical geniuses of mankind and was the founder of the Mevlevi Sufi order, a leading mystical brotherhood of Islam.

Rumi was born in Wakhsh (Tajikistan) under the administration of Balkh in 30 September 1207 to a family of learned theologians. Escaping the Mongol invasion and destruction, Rumi and his family traveled extensively in the Muslim lands, performed pilgrimage to Mecca and finally settled in Konya, Anatolia, then part of Seljuk Empire. When his father Bahaduddin Valad passed away, Rumi succeeded his father in 1231 as professor in religious sciences. Rumi 24 years old, was an already accomplished scholar in religious and positive sciences.

He was introduced into the mystical path by a wandering dervish, Shemseddin of Tebriz. His love and his bereavement for the death of Shams found their expression in a surge of music, dance and lyric poems. Rumi is the author of six volume didactic epic work, the `Mesnevi, called as the 'Koran in Persian' by Jami, and discourses, `Fihi ma Fihi', written to introduce his disciplines into metaphysics.

If there is any general idea underlying Rumi's poetry, it is the absolute love of God. His influence on thought, literature and all forms of aesthetic expression in the world of Islam cannot be overrated.

Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi died on December 17, 1273. Men of five faiths followed his bier. That night was named Sebul Arus (Night of Union). Ever since, the Mawlawi dervishes have kept that date as a festival.

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A Brief Biography of Prof. Talat HALMAN

Talat Halman served as the first  Minister of Culture of the Turkish Republic. Currently he is Professor and Chairman, Department of Turkish Literature, Bilkent University. Formerly he was on the faculties of Columbia, Pennsylvania, and Princeton Universities for many years, and from 1986 to 1996,  Professor and Chairman of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Literatures at New York University. He served as Ambassador for Cultural Affairs and Turkey's Deputy Permanent Representative at the United Nations. He has published more than fifty books (including 12 collections of his own poetry in Turkish and English) and 3000 articles in Turkish and English. He was a long-time columnist for the Istanbul daily Milliyet. From 1991 to 1995, he served as an elected member of the UNESCO Executive Board. Currently he is President of the UNICEF Turkish National Committee. Honours and awards include Distinguished Service Award of the Turkish Academy of Sciences and the  Turkish Foreign Ministry, and "Knight Grand Cross, G.B.E., The Most  Excellent  Order of  the British Empire", (counterpart of "Sir") conferred on him by Queen Elizabeth II. Prof. Halman has published books and major scholarly articles about Rumi in English and Turkish. He is a well-known translator of Rumi's poetry, and has given dozens of lectures about Rumi and the Whirling Dervishes in United States, England, Europe and Turkey.

About Defne HALMAN, Actress

Defne Halman was born and raised in New York City where she attended the United Nations International School, studied at the School of American Ballet at Juilliard and graduated from Professional Children's School. Defne then moved to Turkey, received a BA in acting from the Istanbul State Conservatory for Drama and worked extensively in Turkish theatre, film and television. Among numerous plays in which she performed are Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley,  Bertold Brecht's Mr. Puntila and his Man Matti and Sam Shepard's Curse of the Starving Class for which she received the Ministry of Culture’s Best Actress award.  In addition to her work in the theatre Defne was the long-time  video-jockey of an MTV-type television show called Video-Music-Turkey.

She also served as a main anchor on Haldun Dormen's groundbreaking TV program "Behind the Cameras" for its run of 7 seasons. Defne also performed in films by some of Turkey's most prominent directors. Defne was the recurring MC of the nationally televised awards ceremony of the annual International Istanbul Film Festival. Defne Halman returned to New York in the early 90's and has appeared in the successful off-Broadway productions of Latife Mardin's "The A Word" and Sinan Unel's "Pera Palas".  Defne Halman and writer Chris King have translated all of Orhan Veli's poems and hope to have them published soon. Defne works as producer and narrator at United Nations Radio and presents various cultural programs in and around New York with her father Talat Halman.

About Clifford JACOBS:

Clifford Jacobs was born on April 19, 1954. He has always been an industrious individual. He began his career at the age of 14, working for the Department of Social Services for the City of New York. He attended All Saints Elementary School, Cardinal Hayes High School, and the Harlem Preparatory School. In his last year of attending Harlem Prep, Cliff wrote an award-winning essay, which won him an eight-week, all expense paid trip to Europe.

After graduating from Brown, Cliff worked as a drug counselor and social worker. In 1981, he decided it was time to switch jobs and pursue a career in television. After studying television production at the Cable Health Network (Lifetime), he went on to do corporate video at Sotheby's where he could indulge his artistic sense on the job. He left Sotheby's to work for Deloitte, Haskins & Sells (Deloitte/Touche) producing training videos for Certified Public Accountants. In 1988, Cliff began working as a volunteer playback operator at Queens Public Access Television. It did not take long for him to be hired as the Video Production Trainer. He was later promoted to Production Manager. Then, in 1993 he supervised the construction of QPTV's new studio facilities located on the campus of York College. He served as Facility Manager of the new studio from 1993-1997. Currently, he is the Deputy Executive Director of QPTV.

About Abu Gara & Jeff PERETZ:

Abu Gara (Arabic) 1. Man of Baldness 2. Musical Ensemble founded by Multi Instrumentalist / Composer Jeff Peretz in 1998 to promote harmony and unity through musical expression. 

Dry World Groove - The Dry World (North Africa, The Middle East, Persia and Anatolia) with its ancient musical history has long been the home of many deep musical traditions.  Abu Gara's music, the Dry World Groove can be considered a journal of founder Jeff Peretz's travels throughout the region.  An innovative blend of Middle Eastern rhythms and Western harmonies as vehicle for improvisation is what gives Abu Gara its unique voice.   The group has been featured in the St. Mark's Park and Citibank Summer Concert Series'.  Because of their dedication to promoting peace and humanity, Abu Gara often perform  for special events sponsored by the Seeds of Peace, The Parent's Circle and The Daniel Pearl Foundation.

Aside from being an in demand guitarist, udist and producer, Jeff Peretz is also a dedicated educator and author. His books include Zen and the Art of Guitar and Guitar Atlas - The Middle East. (Alfred Publishing).  He is faculty member of Third Street Music School Settlement, The New School University and the National Guitar Workshop where he teaches the World Guitar Styles Seminar.  He has performed and recorded with everyone from rapper Jay-Z to percussion master Zohar Fresco. For Info contact: AbuGara@aol.com  (201) 738-6124

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* Mrs. Seniha HALMAN;
* Mr. Levent DEMIREL
, Turkish Culture & Tourism Attache of New York & His Staff;
* Mevlut AKKAYA

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