Last night our music group went to the Ortakoy MarketÂ in the middle of Istanbul to play qawwalis and other cultural performances all night long. Â We came early to set up a stage with about 15 musicians, including our Turkish friends. Â For 6 hours, we played qawwalis, danced bollywood and classical Indian dances non-stop. Â Intermittently, one of us would stand up and tell a short experience that we had about meditation and then lead a short introductory meditation (which was all translated into Turkish).
The night was insanely fun, by the end we were surrounded by over a hundred people who were all clapping and dancing to the very famous Dam Mast Kalandar. Â Then, while we were singing last song, Ali Moula, fireworks burst out across the sky giving us the perfect ending to our night.