A sufi mystic and a whirling dervish are two sides of the same coin. And when the mystic happens to be Rumi whose poetry is recited by actor Tom Alter and the dervish, Zia Nath the audience is sure to turn up in droves. Not just Rumi, but Tantra Sutras by Shiva, the supreme Hindu god, were also recited at a recent evening which thus brought two opposites on one platform through the medium of art on the common topic of love.
Titled A Poetic Whirl, the play organized by Young FICCI Ladies Organisation (YFLO) was staged at The Lalit hotel in the city recently. The main sponsor of the event was Khanna Jewellers. Tom was Zia Nath, who was also the producer of the play. Her performance added a new dimension to the poetic verses.
Tom Alter, who has many years of experience in theater, spoke about his friendship with Zia and the reason behind participating in this play. “I have worked with Zia previously. In the past four years, I have worked with her in six different plays and when she approached me for this one, I couldn’t say no. I love her work and we share a great tuning,” said Tom.
In the play, Zia’s performance was focused on synchronizing gestures with verses. While in Shiva Tantra, focus was on the basic nature of human beings and the seven chakras, and the couplets of Rumi concentrated on spiritualization of the universe and the poet’s reunion with dance.
Zia, who stunned the audience with her expressions, finds dance and herself inseparable. She says, “Dance is a part of me. It is a beautiful feeling to have your body moving its forces into Earth.”
Meanwhile, for an experienced artiste like Tom, reciting poetry was not an easy task. Speaking about his role in the play, he said, “Initially, I found this part very challenging. I had no knowledge about Shiv Sutra, and neither was I interested in it. But I managed to pull it off.”

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