Sufi Dhadhi

About Sufi Dhadhi

The Sikh Dhadhi tradition is as rare a genre as it is complex and rich and the integration of Sufi philosophies into this style of music makes for a unique spiritual experience. Centuries-old compositions based on tragic love stories of Punjab integrated with the philosophical writings of Sufi poets such as bulleh shah are sung in the typical dhadh traditions. Dhadhi is a musical tradition of India that makes use of the sarangi (a bowed stringed instrument), and the dhadh (a hand held, hourglass shaped drum). It is the peculiar characteristic rhythms of the dhadh from which this genre derives its name and typicality. These traditional compositions are accentuated with abrupt yet extremely controlled breaks in a melodic structure that compound with the accidental notes played on Sarangi. This style of music was evolved over four hundred years to give rise to emotions of courage and valour and its notes and rhythms indeed convey the same very emphatically. It originated at the time of the great Sikh gurus. Guru Hargobind used to invite exponent musicians to perform in his court in order to inspire bravery and daring within the growing Sikh community and both Muslim and Sikh Dhadhi musicians used to perform in the Guru’s courts. As time passed and with the spread of the Sufi tradition, Muslim Dhadhi performers began to sing Sufi compositions along to the tunes of Sikh devotional music and hence was born the genre of Sufi Dhadhi. The handful of musicians that took to the stream and lack of patronage over a period of time has resulted in a gradual decline of this genre.


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