Written By: Arsheen Idrees
Pop music, rap, clubhouse mixes, party songs, trance and there is much more that today’s music offer, but one thing that can’t be replaced is the mysticism of Qawwalis.
Harmonium mashed with least music is that type which takes listeners into religious ecstasy linking the spirits to the creator. Qawwalis promise a state of soulful music in which there are male singers (qawwals) who convey inspirational messages to the admirers. Qawwalis largely take place in the shrines that are dedicated to the Sufi saints associated to the particular shrine and the gatherings are often called as “mehfil-e-samaa”.
It is assumed that today’s generation willingly follows pop and trance music but as a matter of fact devotees of qawwali are way more substantial and the music covers a large area of fan following all over the world. Pakistani history is full of exemplar sufi Qawwals who have earned a name in this genre and their gusto was immense to the extent that mehfil seems to be enveloped under their spell taking everybody present in the trance and cementing their desire of staying there for as long as ever.
The famous legend Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan sahib is still alive not only among the old generation but he has a great place in hearts of today’s youth. His amazing pieces of Sufism and poetry includes an extensive range of masterpieces namely Afreen Afreen, Mere Rashq-e-qamar, Ye jo Halka Halka surror hai and the list goes on. Following that, recently a singer came up with the revised version of Halka Halka suroor with a touch of modern music but at the end, Nusrat Sahib and his distinctive vocals are irreplaceable. His charisma is not just linked with Sufism but also famed for expertise in winning hearts with modern music. This is the sole reason that his work of art is still being revised and utilised within different forms.
What to say for Amjad Sabri, he obviously stands prominent second in the list as he is on his way to mark his name in history surely following his father’s footsteps. The magic in his voice is not just a gift from God but the melody runs in his blood and this is what Sabri brothers are renowned for and manage to pull heartstrings of fans till date. His popular numbers include great pieces like Bhar Do Jholi, Tajdar-e-Haram, Karam mangta hoon, Allah hu Alaah hu and other numerous sufiana kalaam has led many people to follow the qawwali trend.
Atif Aslam, in the remembrance of the true Sufism and a dedication to Amjad Sabri, has sung Tajdar-e-haram in new style increasing his fan following and received numerous positive feedback for his performance. Hence it got once again proved that the mythical music is still alive in the listeners and devotees.
Qawwali trend is a never to end passion, a glamour that never seems to fade and a glitter that won’t be ever blackened no matter how many classes of music extend, the Qawwali would still be at the highest levels, serving souls with outclass sufi Kalaams. Following to this, a famous line would be enough to define the beauty:
“Tanha tanha ho meray dil mein
Jaisay zulmat mein noor rehta hai