Sufi Kalam

About Sufi Kalam

Sufi poetry is sung in multiple ways in India and the Sufi Kalam is one of the most common renditions as compared to the rare genres of Bheth and Waai that have very few living exponents. Also, this style is less fervent than the Qawwali and can be sung in both classical Ragas or to folk rhythms. There are Sindhi and Muslim variants to the style that also acquires typical traits from region to region and in terms of the instruments employed in each case. The genre is thus identified more by the poetry that is sung and less by any particular style of music integral to its character.  ‘Kalam’ is a term for poetry and etymologically derives from the Arabic word for conversation. A poet gets into a communion with a muse and slowly unearths its character and the statement of this exchange is a work of poetry. The Sindhi and Mehar Sindhi communities that inhabit the extremities of the Barmer and Jaisalmer regions of Rajasthan on the border of India and Pakistan are one of the many exponents of the Sufi Kalam style of music. Deriving from the words of Sufi poets like Shah Latif, Bulleh Shah and Sachal Sarmast, this music explores the meanings and modes of spirituality. Algoza, Kamyacha, Khartal, Dholak and Sindhi Sarangi are used in the performances that are conducted either on significant festive occasions or even upon invitations by patrons.


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