26 July, 2021

Ghulam Waris Nizam

On the popular appeal of qawwali music

Ghulam Waris Nizam
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Your concert at the Swami Haridas festival was your debut performance in Vrindavan.

Yes, it was a unique performance because our Hindu brothers came to listen. Every artist aspires to perform there.

Your view on Sufi fests being so in vogue?

The Sufi style is unique because it’s very soothing, while being spiritual. And since people are increasingly stressed, I’m not surprised that it is finding a large audience.

But is its popularity diluting the quality?

In a sense. Bollywood has spoiled it. Rishi Kapoor singing Parda hai parda can’t be called qawwali. It should be called something else.

Is it as popular in small cities as in metros?

Yes. The difference is that qawwalis were performed only in dargahs earlier, but now it’s taken over the stage everywhere.

So qawwali isn’t niche, it’s for the masses.

Yes, because it has a message: everybody is the same in the eyes of God. You do...

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