Thursday, May 20, 2010
Sufi music....music for the soul!
Sufi songs have a unique appeal about them. They are mystical, passionate and soothe the soul. Whether it is a romantic song or sad sufi song, you cannot help but notice them and get totally lost in them. As far as origin is concerned the word ‘Sufi’ is derived from the Arabic word ’suf’ which means wool. Initially, Sufi songs were sung to celebrate love for God. This was a path of devotion and it did not have serious religious connotations. Sufi songs were said to be sung in order to commune with God. In many ways the mournful tunes and lyrics reminded me of the "fado" music we heard in Lisbon. It is the music of longing and yearning. The whirling movement of the singers is also very similar to the dervishes we saw in Istanbul.
Here are a couple of my favorite sufi songs. Click on the link to just listen to it, if you want to see the videos click on the youtube links.
Maula mere maula mere from the film "Anwar"
Or watch it on youtube if you want to see the video
Khwaja mere khwaja from the film "Jodhaa Akbar"
Watch on youtube to see the video