Nov 2, 2006
Podcast with Azima Melita Kolin, a truly remarkable woman. Her life journey and connection to Sufism and Rumi Poetry, painting and classical music.
Azima Melita Kolin was born in Sofia, the capitol of Bulgaria.
She began her studies at the Musical Academy in Sofia, graduated at
the Academia ‘Santa Cecilia’ in Rome, and received a prize for
virtuosity with distinction at Geneva Conservatory. After winning
prizes at the international competitions in Leipzig, Barcelona and
Toarmina, she has given many recitals in Europe. She directed and
ran a Chamber Music Festival for ten years in Dunvegan, Isle of
In 1997 inspired by the 13th century Persian mystical poet Jelaludin Rumi, Azima began a series of concert/readings, combining Rumi's poems with classical music by Bach, Beethoven, Scriabin and Brahms. In a joint effort with readers of various nationalitiesshe has given hundred concerts in England, Scotland, Germany and Spain. In November 2001 in collaboration with Persian artists they performed in Queen Elisabeth Hall in London.
The group Lovers of Rumi was created with the aim to create a new form in which poetry and music are woven into a tapestry uniting different cultures through the beauty and wisdom of Rumi's words. His message of love and union is vitally important in our times. In collaboration with Maryam Mafi in the last five years, Azima has published three books of Rumi’s poetry: Whispers of the Beloved, Hidden Music and Gardens of the Beloved (published by Harper Collins/Thorsons).