Sufis at the Cinema: 50 Years of Bollywood Qawwali & Sufi Song 1958-2007

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This two-CD set including 25 tracks and running 159 minutes (about as much music as you can get onto two CDs) is subtitled "50 Years of Bollywood Qawwali & Sufi Song 1958-2007," and, indeed, runs in chronological order from Ismail Azad Qawwal & Party's "Humen To Loot Liya" from the 1958 film Al-hilal to Roop Kumar Rathod's "Moula Mere Moula" from the 2007 film Anwar. Since Sufism is more a religious movement within Islam than a style of music, it may be more useful to think of the compilation as addressing some of the more traditional Indian sounds to be found in the Indian cinema over the half-century. In particular, the development of qawwali, with its ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This two-CD set including 25 tracks and running 159 minutes (about as much music as you can get onto two CDs) is subtitled "50 Years of Bollywood Qawwali & Sufi Song 1958-2007," and, indeed, runs in chronological order from Ismail Azad Qawwal & Party's "Humen To Loot Liya" from the 1958 film Al-hilal to Roop Kumar Rathod's "Moula Mere Moula" from the 2007 film Anwar. Since Sufism is more a religious movement within Islam than a style of music, it may be more useful to think of the compilation as addressing some of the more traditional Indian sounds to be found in the Indian cinema over the half-century. In particular, the development of qawwali, with its extensive vocal elaborations, can be traced, first in the performances of such major early figures as Mohd. Rafi and Asha Bhosle and really coming to the fore on the 11 and a half minutes of "Main Idhar Jaon Ya Udhar Jaon" from the 1967 film Palki, performed by those two principals along with Manna Dey. Qawwali's leading singer, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, makes his first appearance at the top of the second disc with "Haq Ali" from the 1981 film Nakhuda, and by the end he is succeeded by his nephew, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. Compiler and annotator Iain Scott is interested in the interaction between what is essentially a sacred music form and the sometimes very secular plot lines of the movies, and he suggests a loophole that may be familiar to Westerners, a certain ambiguity with regard to the word that translates into English as "love." It's "ishq," and, writes Scott, "wherever the word 'ishq' is used it's open to interpretation: is it love of God or love for God's creation i.e. a man or woman?" That may help explain what those Sufis are doing at the cinema in the first place.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/8/2011
  • Label: Times Square Records
  • UPC: 738572907327
  • Catalog Number: 9073
  • Sales rank: 147,739

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Humen To Loot Liya - Party (6:50)
  2. 2 Aaj Kyon Humse Parda Hai - Balbir (4:59)
  3. 3 Teri Mehfil Mein Kismat Azmakar - Shamshad Begum (5:05)
  4. 4 Yeh Ishq Ishq - Batish (7:08)
  5. 5 Chandi Ka Badan - Meena Kapoor (6:49)
  6. 6 Main Idhar Jaon Ya Udhar Jaon - Manna Dey (7:38)
  7. 7 Allah Hi Allah - Mohammed Rafi (5:45)
  8. 8 Besharm Ashiq Hain - Yusuf Azad Qawal (11:25)
  9. 9 Jhoom Barabar Jhoom - Party (6:22)
  10. 10 Yeh Diwane Ki Zid Hai - Mohammed Rafi (5:51)
  11. 11 Aaj Rang Hai Ri Maa - Jameel Ahmed (5:05)
  12. 12 Ashiq Ho To Aisa Ho - Pamela Chopra (6:32)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Haq Ali - Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (5:36)
  2. 2 Chehra Chhupa Liya - Salma Agha (8:36)
  3. 3 Lambi Judai - Reshma (6:26)
  4. 4 De Daru - Manhar (6:43)
  5. 5 Marhaba Sayyedi - Mohammad Aziz (2:58)
  6. 6 Zindagi Jhoom Kar - Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (4:55)
  7. 7 Ishq Da Rutba - Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (5:50)
  8. 8 Ishq Kya Hai - Jagjit Singh (7:17)
  9. 9 Warish Shah Nu - Wadali Brothers (9:02)
  10. 10 Darda Marya [From the Film Pinjar - Wadali Brothers (6:30)
  11. 11 Mann Ki Lagan - Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (4:52)
  12. 12 Jiya Dhadak Dhadak Jaye - Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (4:40)
  13. 13 Moula Mere Moula - Roop Kumar Rathod (6:02)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Composer
Naushad Composer
Vanraj Bhatia Composer
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Cover Photo
Iain Scott Liner Notes
Javed Akhtar Composer
Majrooh Sultanpuri Composer
Gulzar Composer
Laxmikant Pyarelal Composer
Aziz Nazan Composer
Madan Mohan Composer
Anand Bakshi Composer
Jaidev Composer
Ravindra Jain Composer
Rohail Hyatt Composer
Ro'shan Composer
Uttam Singh Composer
Faisal Rafi Composer
Prem Dhawan Composer
Shakeel Badayuni Composer
Sayeed Quadri Composer
Khaiyyaam Composer
Sahir Ludhianvi Composer
Bulo C. Rani Composer
Amjad Islam Amjad Composer
Amir Khusrau Composer
Jan Nisar Akhtar Composer
Jai Kumar Composer
Hasan Kamaal Composer
Nida Fazli Composer
Naza Sholapuri Composer
Maulana Qudsi Composer
Manish Pradhan Photo Courtesy
Zafar Gorakh Puri Composer
Shevan Rizvi Composer
Santosh Nair Composer
Raajesh Johri Composer
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