A to Z Challenge · A.R.Rahman

Q for Qawwalis of the Mozart (#AToZChallenge)

Since there are zero Rahman songs in the alphabet Q (yes, you heard that right), I didn’t know what to choose. I did some soul searching to find any song that might at least reflect the alphabet. That’s when I chanced upon the word Qawwali, a genre of music in which Rahman is a pro. A highly spiritual person, he has Sufi imbibed in him, to create such divine music. It is his compositions that made me believe that Sufism is a way of life, a wholesome experience that can fill the deepest recesses of the human soul.

Rahman has composed different types of qawwalis – complete devotional numbers in praise of Allah (Kun Faya Kun, Arziyan, Piya Haji Ali), religious hymns and Naat (Zikr, Maula Wa Sallim, Marhaba Ya Mustafa, Al Madad Maula), Sufi fusion (Piya Milenge), and love ballads (Mere Yaar Dila De, Jashn-e-Bahara, Tere Bina, Varaaga Nadhikara, Kadhalenum Thervezhudhi).

There’s also another section of qawwali called as manqabat, which is sung in praise of any Sufi saint. Here comes Rahman’s elegant and most cherished composition – Khwaja Mere Khwaja from Jodhaa Akbar, dedicated to saint Khwaja Moinudeen Chishti. Listening to this qawwali is pure bliss! A gentle harmonium opens the number and from there Rahman takes over with his velvety voice. His spectacular high-pitched rendition and utmost devotion stand out in the entire song. The whole ambiance of the track is soul-stirring and it can really enliven you.

Listen to this blessed composition here:

Happy Listening!

Love,

Kavya Janani.U

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