Sunday Sufiana Mix

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Mussoorie Sunset

Sunday evenings are reflective occasions. A come down before the buildup begins once again. This feeling, which has both comforting and depressing aspects, goes way back for me. To a time when I was 9 or 10 and a schoolboy in the foothills of the Himalayas. The thick golden rays that filled the valleys and filtered through the trees were undoubtedly beautiful. But with them came a feeling of absolute loneliness. I realized in some unconscious way that I was entirely on my own.

Of all the types of music I enjoy, sufiana music (the music of the Sufis), is best suited to deal with the soul-ache that accompanies this time of the week. Probably because it is the music of the solitary person reaching out to the Invisible reality. As a boy I didn’t understand that what I was experiencing was a spiritual longing. The only problem was I had no way yet to find the Unseen and so I felt only the sadness.

Strictly speaking, this collection is not entirely sufi music. I’ve included spiritual songs from the Hindu and Sikh traditions as well but those are merely labels. Every track is a cry from the heart of man for God.

This a special collection. You will, of course, know a few of these artists but for the most part this is hard to find, rare music made by singers and musicians with mainly local reputations and followings. Most are traditional musicians or musicians who perform as part of their religious practice. Stand out tracks abound. In fact, every single one is a ‘cracker’. But my favorites are the opening qawwali (#1), Subuhanallah (#6) by Sindh’s Mohammad Ibrahim and the nirgun song from the Malwa region of central India (#7) sung by Sundar Lal Malwi.

Peace.

Track Listing:

01 Qawwali Of Amir Khusrou [Bahauddin Qutbuddin Qawwal & Party]

02 Mein Bhi Jaanaan (Shah Hussain)[Mohammad Tufail Niazi]

03 Unki jataan pind khech jo [Ustad Manzoor Ali Khan]

04 Piya Ghar Aaya [Ustad Shujaat Hussain Khan]

05 Laali mori re (Sufi Sindhi) [Sikander & Sufi Sindhi Artists]

06 Subuhanallah [Mohammad Ibrahim]

07 Lere Naam Lere Naam [Sundar Lal Malwi]

08 Lehra (Sufi Dhadi) [Sharif Idu and Group]

09 Ali Mullah (Feat. Transglobal Underground And Natacha Atlas) [Musafir]

10 Asaan Ishq Namaz [Muhammad Jumman]

11 Allah Sain [Attaulah Khan Niazi ‘Issakhelvi’]

12 Justaju [Anandmurti Gurumaa]

14 Naam Bina Mati [Amreek Singh Zakhmi]

15 Sajjan De Hath [Abida Parveen]

Sufiana

More from the Archives: Links Restored

mWPIVofPGHbhNPV1dF9cvSwFrom January 2012: Bengali baul music and folk music from Bangladesh

From January 2012: Mystical Music from Malwa: Kabir and Meera

From January 2014: Sitar Music from Poonchwaley and Bannerjee

 

Kabir: Ustad Rashid Khan

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It is a day of cold rain and biting wind. The sort of day it is best to stay inside.  And not only in the physical sense but spiritually as well. Winter, when we hunker down, is a good time to explore the inner realms and so today we put the spotlight on the poetry of Kabir, the weaver of Kashi.

 

Nirgun, is the name of the record and it refers to the school of thinking that holds that God has no attributes. Or, none that can be reasonably described by man.  Nirgun was at the heart of Kabir’s philosophy which disregarded Hindu and Muslim ritual and dogma in favour of personal experience.

 

All say what is written in the scriptures, I say what I have seen by my eyes

 

By assembling the pebbles of stones, the ‘Masjid’ has been erected. The Mullah, climbing on it, cries and calls God. Has God ever been Deaf?

 

Where do you search me? I am with you Not in pilgrimage, nor in icons, Neither in solitudes Not in temples, nor in mosques Neither in Kaba nor in Kailash I am with you o man, I am with you Not in prayers, nor in meditation, Neither in fasting Not in yogic exercises, Neither in renunciation Neither in the vital force nor in the body, Not even in the ethereal space Neither in the womb of Nature, Not in the breath of the breath Seek earnestly and discover, In but a moment of search. Says Kabir, Listen with care, Where your faith is, I am there.

 

Ustad Rashid Khan of Moradabad is considered the foremost classical singer in India at the current time. He belongs to the Rampur-Sahaswan gharana, and is the great-grandson of gharana founder Inayat Hussain Khan.

In a story told in several versions, it appears that Pandit Bhimsen Joshi said at one point, that Rashid Khan was the “assurance for the future of Indian vocal music”. He was awarded the Padma Shri, as well as the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2006.

Nirgun

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Track Listing:

 

01 Prabhu Ki Preeti Jagi

02 Subah Shaam Tera Naam Japu Main

03 Tum Ho Aadi Tum Ho Anth

04 Yeh Andhiyara Mit Jaayega

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