Thursday, January 05, 2006

Pakistani Sufi singer wins Amritsaris hearts

"Pakistani Sufi singer wins Amritsaris hearts"

By Ravinder Singh Robin, Amritsar 26 November 2005 from NewKerala.com

It was an unforgettable moment for the people of Amritsar when a popular Pakistani Sufi singer, Sher Miandad, gave a spell bounding performance before a crowd of Sufi music lovers in Amritsar recently.

Miandad's qawwali gave the Amritsaris (as the people of Amritsar are called) the taste of what a melodious and scintalating performance could possibly be. Having a 700-year-old family tryst with Sufi singing, Miandad left everyone feeling celebrated to the hilt be being a part of the function.

According to Sufi Singer, Miandad, singing has been the lifeline of Punjabi culture and these festivals would help to keep the ancient practice alive in this modern world. Expressing his joy of performing here he said that it was a great opportunity for him to perform in a heritage festival that too in Amritsar.

“We will spread the message of our Sufi saints to people. Peace and love will find a chance if singers from both the countries visit each other's place,” said Sher Miandad.

Pakistani Sufi singer further said the exchange of culture between the two countries would help to promote peace and Sufi singing. He was all praise for the peace process between India and Pakistan.

“This was good that government remembers the heritage and history of Punjab. Such programmes should be organised frequently. But the only drawback is that everything is being organised by the government and there is little initiative from the public. Public participation is a must,”said Kamal Kishore Arora, a Sufi fan who attended the function.

The range of Sufi music includes the highly structured genre of Qawwali, kafi and various regional genres of similar ethos.

The origin of Qawwali (Sufi poetry set to music) is traced back to the 13th century saint poet musician Amir Khusrau of Delhi, who evolved and perfected the musical structure of the genre. He, in a way, set the tone of poetic imagery and construction which has been broadly followed by the future composers.

In line with the general policy of propagation of Islamic values, the genre received special treatment in the post 1947 official policy and special slots were allocated to Qawwali performances on radio and television.

A host of other religious genres also developed as popular media items in the same period of time which include kafi, na'at and hamd.

For a long time Miandad has been singing for peace.His special presentation left everyone enthralled here.

1 comment:

AboutMiracles said...

fantastic

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Pakistani Sufi singer wins Amritsaris hearts
"Pakistani Sufi singer wins Amritsaris hearts"

By Ravinder Singh Robin, Amritsar 26 November 2005 from NewKerala.com

It was an unforgettable moment for the people of Amritsar when a popular Pakistani Sufi singer, Sher Miandad, gave a spell bounding performance before a crowd of Sufi music lovers in Amritsar recently.

Miandad's qawwali gave the Amritsaris (as the people of Amritsar are called) the taste of what a melodious and scintalating performance could possibly be. Having a 700-year-old family tryst with Sufi singing, Miandad left everyone feeling celebrated to the hilt be being a part of the function.

According to Sufi Singer, Miandad, singing has been the lifeline of Punjabi culture and these festivals would help to keep the ancient practice alive in this modern world. Expressing his joy of performing here he said that it was a great opportunity for him to perform in a heritage festival that too in Amritsar.

“We will spread the message of our Sufi saints to people. Peace and love will find a chance if singers from both the countries visit each other's place,” said Sher Miandad.

Pakistani Sufi singer further said the exchange of culture between the two countries would help to promote peace and Sufi singing. He was all praise for the peace process between India and Pakistan.

“This was good that government remembers the heritage and history of Punjab. Such programmes should be organised frequently. But the only drawback is that everything is being organised by the government and there is little initiative from the public. Public participation is a must,”said Kamal Kishore Arora, a Sufi fan who attended the function.

The range of Sufi music includes the highly structured genre of Qawwali, kafi and various regional genres of similar ethos.

The origin of Qawwali (Sufi poetry set to music) is traced back to the 13th century saint poet musician Amir Khusrau of Delhi, who evolved and perfected the musical structure of the genre. He, in a way, set the tone of poetic imagery and construction which has been broadly followed by the future composers.

In line with the general policy of propagation of Islamic values, the genre received special treatment in the post 1947 official policy and special slots were allocated to Qawwali performances on radio and television.

A host of other religious genres also developed as popular media items in the same period of time which include kafi, na'at and hamd.

For a long time Miandad has been singing for peace.His special presentation left everyone enthralled here.

1 comment:

AboutMiracles said...

fantastic