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On a Sufi note

  • On a Sufi note

    Summary: Sufi music is huge in North India and in Pakistan but that popularity has not percolated down south. I love how how Sufi music allows that deep, connection with the Almighty and the ecstasy that comes with being one-to-one with Him. Shabnam, who recently completed her post-graduate degree in music, has now turned her attention to Sufi music. Music is what keeps singer Shabnam Riyaz going even now, 21 years later, as she gears up for a lecture-demonstration on Sufi music in the city, today. When I was looking around for a research topic, I found that there was not much information available on Sufi music, its origins, its soul.

    She hit her first musical high when she was barely 10 years old with the mellifluous Vennilla Chandanakinnam...(Azhakiya Ravanan). Music is what keeps singer Shabnam Riyaz going even now, 21 years later, as she gears up for a lecture-demonstration on Sufi music in the city, today. “Music has been my constant companion from childhood onwards , As Reported By Hindu.

    According to the Newspaper,It was like my headphones were attached to my head and my mood variations changed with the music! Perhaps it was because I was an only child and music was the route to escape loneliness,” says Shabnam. “Music was very much a part of growing up as well because my mother and my aunts are also keen singers. I think its in my genes as well. My great-grandfather, Vava asan, was a bhagavatar in Kollam, well known for his qawwalis.

    Source: http://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/music/shabnam-riyaz-hopes-to-popularise-sufi-music/article19676109.ece


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