For all music lovers, India has been known as the exotic land with beautiful culture, food and music. Yes, with different communities all living together, India with its rich culture and history has many unique forms of dance and music.
One of them is Sufi Music
Sufism (a little different from being an organized religion) is the mystical dimension of Islam, and it preaches peace, tolerance and pluralism among its followers. Sufi music is an extension of the religion which encourages devotional music as a way of deepening one’s relationship with the creator. Sufi music seeks to unite followers, devotees and listeners to their lord.
Qawwali (predominately used in Bollywood film music) is the most well known form of Sufi music. It is common in countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh and India. Sufi love songs are called Ghazals and their music is still in vogue.
Sufi love songs are often performed as ghazals and Kafi, a solo genre accompanied by percussion and harmonium, using a repertoire of songs by Sufi poets.
In India and Pakistan, it is the Qawwali, made globally popular by Shankar-Shambhu and Nustrat Fateh Ali Khan, which has mesmerized audiences all over.
In the Indian subcontinent, Sufi music is expressed through several musical genres.The music of Qawwali fulfills a religious function. The songs elicit mystical love and divine ecstasy, which sums up the experience of Sufism.
Abida Parveen, a Pakistani Sufi singer is one of the foremost exponents of Sufi music, together with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan who are considered the finest Sufi vocalists of the modern era. So, if you are a music lover, do find out about Sufi concerts in your city and enjoy a night of soulful and devotional music.
You can also visit the World Sacred Spirit Festival, a Sufi music festival at:
Nagaur – Rajasthan
9-11 February, 2015
Jodhpur – Rajasthan
13-15 February, 2015