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Music of Sufism

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Srinivas Reddy

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Music of Sufism
A Living Tradition
Srinivas Reddy
IIT Gandhinagar
srinivas@iitgn.ac.in
Sufism in South Asia
Chisthi Order
Moinuddin (d. 1230) | Ajmer
Nizamuddin (d. 1325) | Delhi

Sama and Dhikr
listening and remembering
Amir Khusrau
Musician | Scholar | Poet
beloved disciple of Nizamuddin
Qawwali | Sitar | Tabla
Indo-Persian syncretism
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Chashm-e-Maste `ajabe, zulf taraze `ajabe
O wondrous ecstatic eyes, O wondrous long locks

Maiparaste `ajabe, fitna taraze `ajabe
O wondrous wine worshiper, O wondrous mischievous sweetheart,

Bahr-e-qatlam chu kashad tegh neham sar basujud
As he draws the sword, I bow my head in prostration so as to be killed

U banaze `ajabe man banyaze `ajabe
O wondrous is his beneficence, O wondrous my submission

Waqt-e-bismil shudanam chashm baryush baz ast
In the spasm of being killed my eyes beheld your face;

Mehrbane `ajabe bandanawaze `ajabe
O wondrous benevolence, O wondrous guidance and protection

Turk taze `ajabe shoba babaze `ajabe
O wondrous amorous teasing, O wondrous beguiling
Sufism in the West
Shujaat Ali Khan
Language
may be called the
simplification of music
; music is hidden within it
as the soul
is hidden in the body. At each step towards simplification the language has lost some of its music. A study of
ancient tradition reveals
that the first
divine messages
were
given in song
, as were the
Psalms
of David, the
Song
of Solomon, the
Gathas
of Zoroaster and the
Gita
of Krishna.
Abida Parveen | Sanam Marvi
Ghulam Fareed d.1901
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