If you will but aspire, you will attain to all that you desire. It is life’s strength, the wings by which we fly beyond the further reaches of the sky.
Attar, 12th century
Farid ud-Din Attar’s epic poem The Conference of the Birds narrates the journey of the world’s birds through the valleys of desire and love, of knowledge and unity on their search for the divine Simorq. After an arduous journey, 30 birds reach mount Kaf, where the Simorq is known to reside.
Attar’s 12th-century poem speaks of democracy and anarchy, of the quest for the meaning of life, of migration, diversity, and exile. Since 2018, Cymin Samawatie and Ketan Bhatti adapt this epic in a piece for chamber orchestra and vocals in the framework a long-term project.