The courtyard of a traditional Namboothiri mana (house) at Vallikkapatta near Manjeri in Kerala’s Malappuram district witnessed a rare sight on a moonlit Sunday night — Sufi Qawwali singers, exponents of the ghazal, and Hindustani vocalists regaling audiences into the wee hours in an inspiring exhibition of multi-cultural camaraderie.
“Art is the best Remedy for any treatment. If there is an element of Art in someone, it is easy to treat that person” says P.Vasudevan Namboothiri who is popularly called Devettan of Poonkudil Mana, known for its Traditional Treatment of mental disorders.
Qawwali a form of Sufi devotional music
Delhi’s Sufi saint Amir Khusro Dehlavi of the Chisti order of Sufis is credited with fusing the Persian, Arabic, Turkish, and Indian musical traditions in the late 13th century in India to create Qawwali as we know it today.
The lyrics are in praise of Allah, Prophet Mohammad, members of Prophet’s family or renowned Sufi saints.
Qawwali is usually sung in a group, with one or two lead singers.
Major Qawwals are Sabri Brothers, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Aziz Warisi.
The ghazal is mainly a poetic form than a musical form, originating in Arabic poetry. The ghazal is described as the “pride of Urdu poetry”. The ghazal never exceeds 12 shers (couplets) and on an average, ghazals usually have about 7 shers.
Many Indian film singers are famous for singing ghazals, some of them are Asha Bhosle,Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammad Rafi