Sufi music to enthral the Land of Nizams
V. RISHI KUMAR
HYDERABAD, DEC. 27:
It is that time of the year when you wear your woollens and jackets and step out in the chill of the winter evening. What better way to enjoy the season than with some soulful Sufi.
This pure music form, a blend of devotional music inspired by the works of Sufi poets, cuts across all barriers. In this land of Nizams, Sufi music thrived in the courtyards of Nawabs and was patronised in palaces but was equally popular everywhere.
The All-India Markazi Majlis-e-Chistia, a body of Sufi elders, has lined up some of the artistes from the Dilli Gharana, who will render their delectable numbers. Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan Nizami, head of Dilli Gharana, and his team will form part of the ensemble.
The Jashn-e-Khusro, spread over three days, seeks to enthral audiences with the best of this mystical poetry in celebration of the music of Hazrat Ameer Khusro. Khusro is credited to have invented the sitar and the tabla in the 13th century.
Sitar maestro Zafar Khan will present some rare ragas of Arabi and Hindustani music composed by Khusro. Akbar Latif Khan of Dilli Gharana will play the tabla.
Muzaffar Ali Sufee, the convenor of the event, said the idea is to bring to the fore the versatility of the great musician Khusro and his works and his great contribution for peace and harmony during the period he served.
He explained that Sufi songs are popular among those who understand Persian, Urdu and Hindi. But significantly, one does not have to know any language to enjoy the music. It easily beats all barriers.