The performance took place in a tent set up by the Konya Culture and Tourism Directorate in Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi Square across from the mausoleum of Rumi, Turkey’s state-run news agency Anadolu has reported in Persian.

“This is the second year the band is giving performances at the ceremony,” the band conductor Mohammadreza Najmi said.

Konya’s Culture and Tourism director Abdussettar Yarar also said that a number of programs are organized every year from December 7 to 17 to observe the death anniversary of Rumi.

This year the programs include performances of sama, a Sufi ecstatic dance, exhibitions of calligraphy, handcrafts and live music performances.

He also added that since the love of Rumi finds common ground among the people in Iran, Turkey and Afghanistan, these countries have been organizing programs over the past few years to introduce the great person to the world.

Source: Tehran Times