August 10th, 2012

Иван Дурак

Rachel Aviv ,"A Rumi of One’s Own"

What’s lost in translation doesn’t hurt this poet’s popularity.

Several years ago Kabir Helminski, a sheikh of the Mevlevi Order of Sufism, received a call from Madonna’s producer, who wanted to hire his troupe of whirling dervishes for a music video inspired by the 13th-century Persian poet Rumi. Helminski read the script, learned that a guy would be lying on top of Madonna, while she sang “Let’s get unconscious, honey”, and wrote a polite letter declining the request. He also sent a package of books so that the singer might get a better sense of Rumi’s teachings.
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