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

  • 0. DISC 1: THE 50S, 60S & 70S:
    1. Humen To Loot Liya [From the Film Al-Hilal] - Ismail Azad Qawwal/Party
    2. Aaj Kyon Humse Parda Hai [From the Film Sadhana] - Balbir/Mohammed Rafi
    3. Teri Mehfil Mein Kismat Azmakar [From the Film Mughal-E-Azam] - Shamshad Begum/Lata Mangeshkar
    4. Yeh Ishq Ishq [From the Film Barsat Ki Raat] - Sudha Malhotra/Batish/Manna Dey
    5. Chandi Ka Badan [From the Film Taj Mahal] - Meena Kapoor/Manna Dey/Mohammed Rafi/Asha Bhosle
    6. Main Idhar Jaon Ya Udhar Jaon [From the Film Palki] - Manna Dey/Mohammed Rafi/Asha Bhosle
    7. Allah Hi Allah [From the Film Pavitra Paapi] - Mohammed Rafi
    8. Besharm Ashiq Hain [From the Film Putlibai] - Rashida Khatoon/Yusuf Azad Qawwal/Yusuf Azad Qawal
    9. Jhoom Barabar Jhoom [From the Film 5 Rifles] - Aziz Nazan/Party
    10. Yeh Diwane Ki Zid Hai [From the Film Laila Majnu] - Mohammed Rafi
    11. Aaj Rang Hai Ri Maa [From the Film Junoon] - Jameel Ahmed
    12. Ashiq Ho To Aisa Ho [From the Film Noorie] - Mahendra Kapoor/Jagjit Kaur/Pamela Chopra
    1. Haq Ali [From the Film Nakhuda] - Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
    2. Chehra Chhupa Liya [From the Film Nikaah] - Mahendra Kapoor/Asha Bhosle/Salma Agha
    3. Lambi Judai [From the Film Hero] - Reshma
    4. De Daru [From the Film Karma] - Mahendra Kapoor/Manhar/Kishore Kumar
    5. Marhaba Sayyedi [From the Film Henna] - Mohammad Aziz
    6. Zindagi Jhoom Kar [From the Film Aur Pyar Ho Gaya] - Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
    7. Ishq Da Rutba [From the Film Kartoos] - Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
    8. Ishq Kya Hai [From the Film a Monument of Love] - Jagjit Singh
    9. Warish Shah Nu [From the Film Pinjar] - Wadali Brothers
    10. Darda Marya [From the Film Pinjar - Wadali Brothers
    11. Mann Ki Lagan [From the Film Paap] - Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
    12. Jiya Dhadak Dhadak Jaye [From the Film Kalyug] - Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
    13. Moula Mere Moula [From the Film Anwar] - Roop Kumar Rathod
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9073

  • Credits

    Liner Note Author: Iain Scott.
    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. ~ William Ruhlmann

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