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Shubha charmed by Sufi music

The Hindustani classical singer is known for her versatility and willingness to experiment, writes Ritujay Ghosh.
None | By Ritujay Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON JUL 27, 2006 05:20 PM IST

Shubha Mudgal specialises in and is known for her Hindustani classical music. She is also known for her versatility and willingness to experiment. Now she seems to be charmed by Sufi music.

She has already sung Ghoom tana with Salman Ahmed of Pakistani band Junoon and her solo album The Awakening has several Sufi songs.

"Since I am a Hindustani classical singer, it does not mean I don't appreciate other genres. There is always a link among all the forms of music," says Mudgal.

One of the tracks, Main sutti raiyan, is a typical Sufi track, which the singer has rendered at a high pitch. "Sufi is not only music. It is like a faith, a belief and deals with man-God relationship. All Sufi songs sound like love songs. I have always been an ardent admirer of this form," says the singer.

Mudgal came up with the idea of a Sufi album after she sang with Salman Ahmed. Ghoom tana was a blend of Sufi and Hindustani classical. "It was a very neatly composed song and I was very satisfied after doing it," she says. Ali o Ali and Kar sajda, are other Sufi numbers in the album.

She has also sung Tore sang for Bickram Ghosh for his next album and that is a classical-folk mix. "This song has a folk feel also and that is what it special," says Mudgal.

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