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'Sufi music can bring peace'

"Artistes can bridge the divide and bring much needed peace to the sub-continent," feels Muzaffar Ali.

india Updated: Oct 01, 2005 19:38 IST

Versatile filmmaker and painter Muzaffar Ali says that Sufi music can bridge differences between India and Pakistan and bring peace to the sub-continent.

"I am in constant touch with Pakistani Sufi artistes and eagerly looking forward to go to their country in the near future. I believe it's the artistes who can bridge the divide and bring much needed peace to the sub-continent," he said.

Ali says that his soul lies in Sufism and Amir Khusrau, the great poet and saint of the 14th century.

"He (Khusrau) was a harbinger of sublime peace and India needs another Khusrau to heal the wounds of the world.

"His multi-cultural and pluralistic identity is a unique gift to human civilisation. His poetry has its own charm and this has an out-of-the-world effect on people," says Ali, who was driven to this field after a Sufi asked him to follow his heart more than a decade ago in London.

Currently, Ali is translating some of Khusrau's works into English.

"Since his Parsi works were a great source of learning, I have been trying to translate them to English. Very soon I am going to release a music album on Sufi music in English."

Titled "Kaz-Kula", the album will have a number of famous Sufi numbers.

Ali, essentially a painter and filmmaker deeply inspired by Sufism, has developed a discerning eye and vision for aesthetics and humanity. His creative pursuits - film, music, fashion and painting - have given Ali what he calls "a vision of life and society".

A dreamer of love, peace and oneness, he says: "Humility in art can become a vehicle for holistic emancipation of mankind and here Khusrau's compositions would be of great help."

First Published: Sep 30, 2005 17:30 IST