About Waai

Tracing its genesis to the elemental human need to call out to the divine by way of music, the Waai style was passionately created by the celebrated Sufi saint Shah Abdul Latif Bihtai of Sindh. The first exponents of this style that is sung in Kutchi, Sindhi and Punjabi were the fakirs (followers) of Shah Latif. Descendants of the Jat Muslims from Baluchistan who traversed the rugged terrain and colossal distances through Sindh and bought this invaluable genre to Kutch in Gujarat have the distinction of being proponents of possibly the rarest of the rare music genres in India. Sung along with the root note of Dhamburo that bears resemblance to a Tambura, however, is much bigger and features a total of three or five strings, the Waai style of music seeks to amalgamate the human spirit with that of the Supreme Lord. As the lead vocalist sings in his high-pitched voice it is not difficult to see that it is an incredibly complex genre to master and yet there is palpable an unmistakable sense of transcendence. Initiated with a Bheth, the Waai goes onto gain tempo and is an exquisite form of spiritual music characterized by elements of harmony and purity. In variance from the Bheth singing where long sustained notes are rendered, in the style of Waai the melody of the vocals at times matches that of the instruments. Literally meaning an appeal to the almighty Lord, the Waai Style is an extremely evolved music genre that features 36 diverse types of Raagas. Mastering this beautiful style of soulful music requires immense devotion and years of continual practice. At present, there are only three known exponents of this expressive and beautiful music form, who inhabit the remote village of Bhaagadia in the Rann of Kutch.


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