Allama Muhammed Iqbal’s Shikwa

Fri 23 June 2023, 7:30pm,
St George’s Hall, Bradford

We are proud to present the world premiere of the first-ever symphonic interpretation of Allama Muhammed Iqbal’s legendary Urdu poem, Shikwa (Complaint), in collaboration with Rushil Ranjan and Abi Sampa especially for Bradford Literature Festival.

A bold and thought-provoking work, Shikwa is characterised by powerful imagery, evocative language and a deep sense of pathos. As relevant now as when it was first penned in 1909, Iqbal addresses God directly, voicing the collective grievances and disillusionment of the Muslim world with its state of affairs.

Renowned as the East’s philosopher-poet and the spiritual architect of Pakistan, Allama Iqbal’s Urdu and Farsi poetry, which seeks to rejuvenate Islamic thought and spirituality, has left an indelible mark on the cultural and intellectual fabric of South Asia and the Persian-speaking world.

This epic new musical work is written and composed by Rushil Ranjan, vocalized by Abi Sampa and performed by us. Join us for what promises to be a wonderful evening featuring the first orchestral interpretation of Muhammed Iqbal’s work.


  • Rushil Ranjan Shikwa (Complaint)

Performed by

  • Abi Sampa
  • Rushil Ranjan
  • Manchester Camerata
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