The color of SUFI MUSIC

Music is like a pack of sketch pens. Each of its genres is like a different color, each having its own beauty and identity.  One such color is……..SUFI MUSIC

 Sufism is a way of life, a philosophy which presents an aspect which reflects in everything we do. It presents the aspect of the divine GOD. Music is an integral part of the SUFI school of thought and the purity, mystery, divinity and the philosophy of Sufism has inspired Musicians around the globe to represent this culture through their music.

Traditionally, Sufi music was devotional music inspired by the works of poets like Rumi, Hafiz, Bulleh Shah and Khwaja Ghulam Farid. Qawwali, Ayin and Gnawa are some traditional forms of Sufi music with Qawwali being the most popular. 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.

Modern Music, in India and internationally too has Sufism reflecting. Madonna’s” Bedtime Story” the 1994 song from the album Bedtime Stories, through its lyrics and visuals, talks about achieving a high unconsciousness level. The video shows an ecstatic Sufi ritual with many dervishes dancing, Arabic calligraphy and some other Sufi elements. In Another song by her, “Bittersweet“, she recites writings of the Sufi poet Rumi. Even In her 2001 Drowned World Tour, Madonna sang the song “Secret” showing rituals from many religions, including a Sufi dance.

In India, Sufi culture and philosophy in music can be seen in the works of Nusrat Fateh Ali khan, Abida Parveen, Rabbi Shergill, AR Rahman,Harshdeep Kaur,Kailash Kher,Alam Lohar,Junoon, kavita seth,Jaswinder Singh,Tochi Raina, Daler Mehndi and many more. AR rahman’s khwaja mere khwaja, Arziyan and Kun faaya Kun are the most recent examples of this genre of music.

This week on ArtistAloud.com, listen to Kavita Seth, Tochi Raina, Jaswinder Singh, Daler Mehndi and more in the ArtistAloud Sufi Top 10.

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