HIS SONGS strike a serene chord. They can enliven a dull mood. Sufi singer Ahmed Hussain Warsi talks with Hindustan Times on the growing popularity of this form of music, the spiritual significance of Sufiana and more.
Sufi poetry is the offshoot of a spirit of self-sacrifice. The seeker’s attitude towards God and the elimination of the self for merger with God is the main objective of Sufiana.
It is a music that connects with the heart. It is a music of submission and surrender, a music that entails a direct communication with God.
Sufi music has become very popular these days especially in movies. After years of being relegated to the background, Sufi music of the 14h century is staging a resounding comeback. What started in dargahs years ago has today taken the shape of a singing culture.
A lot of youngsters are getting attracted towards Sufi music. The percentage may be less as compared to other musical configurations, but I am happy to see that Sufiana has made a dent into the younger minds.
Aping the West
It is really unfortunate that despite being gifted with such a vast cultural trove, we are blindly aping the West.
The Ghazals of Ghalib have been reshaped into disco. Nothing can be more detrimental for our cultural health.
Like other forms, Sufiana has also been subjected to changes. The purity of Sufi Qawwali was sullied, but I am happy that the sacrosanct character has been restored.
I got offers but I preferred to stay aloof.
Begum Shah Warsi’s —-
Kripa Karo Maharaj Mohinuddin, Kahoon Kaise Sakhi Mohe Laj Lagi Mohe Piya Ke Nazariyan Mar Gai Maine Laj Ka Ghunghat Khol Diyo Piya Jeete, Main Har Gai