BOLAT's Multi-Media Presentation in Chicago
release by Sel YACKLEY
than 200 people attended a multi-media presentation
at Chicago's Cultural Center, March 11th by Latif Bolat
of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Bolat and his musicians were invited by the City
of Chicago to sing, dance and show slides in the Sufi
manner. The evening's program included the showing of
slides, demonstrating the whirling dervish twirling
and music by Bolat and his accompanists.
Semra Prescott (left) thanks Latif Bolat for his presentation
While Neriman Gezen (seated) and Fatos Aktas
in the day Bolat made a private appearance at the home
of Meral Bensch to address two dozen women who are interested
in the mystical powers of Celladdin Rumi, a 13th century
philosopher and spiritual leader of Anatolia. This was
part of a monthly program presented by the Turkish Culture
Group of International Women's Associates in Chicago. The group is chaired by Fatos Aktas, wife of the Consul General
Latif Bolat, a highly educated, spiritual musican spoke
mostly about recited poetry and sang songs accompanied
by his 'saz' instrument.
He mesmerized those in attendance discussing
Islamic beliefs form its beginnings to the 19th century
with emphasis on the Spiritual and Mystic. He explained the life and times of Rumi (a 13th century philosopher
who lived in Anatolia, now Turkey). Sufism is based on meditative powers of
an individual who finds the higher power within himself. A great many American-born Moslems (other
than the Black
Muslims) are believes in Sufism which reaches
utopia once the believer learns to whirl and become
a whirling dervish.
of a Sufi group in the western part of the United States,
Latif Bolat is a well known speaker and musician who
also appeared at the opening of the "Empire of
Sultans" exhibit at the Milwaukee Museum of Art
over the weekend.
He will be the opening acting when the exhibit
travels to North Carolina. He resides in Santa Fe. His website is www.latifbolat.com