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?Sufi music mystical in essence?

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.

india Updated: Sep 17, 2006 15:10 IST

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.

Spiritual soothing
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 penetration
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.

Youthful attraction
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.

Creeping Changes
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.

Film Presence
I got offers but I preferred to stay aloof.

Favourite Songs
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