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Sufi devotional music using robab declining due to lack of devotion: Daud Khan Sadozai


By Kishori Sud

With his roots in Afghanistan, robab exponent Daud Khan Sadozai says that the art of Sufi devotional music with such musical instruments is diminishing in the world as there is less or no devotion among today’s youngsters.

Sadozai who has been in the profession since he was a child, said that when he learnt this art, music was taken very seriously and was worshipped by the students, but now a days, the key to learning this style – patience – is lost.

“At that time, musicians used to be serious, they worshipped the art. People have lost the power of patience today and now everything comes at a price so it has turned into show business. You need patience for these kind of arts because they are meditative in a way and it takes time to understand,” Sadozai told IANS in an interview at the World Sacred Spirit Festival here.

“For our profession, patience is of prime importance. Learning music and the art takes a long time, but the youngsters today lack patience. These days, youngsters want everything immediately like fast food. It is a problem to tune instruments as it’s so difficult. It has 25 strings,” he added.

Noting that in the current scenario, a lot of artistes in Afghanistan have become refugees, Sadozai said that every thread of culture in Pakistan and Iran has vanished.

“Change is coming in very quickly nowadays. In Afghanistan, in the last 30 years, a lot has been destroyed. Many artistes have become refugees. Every thread of culture in Pakistan and Iran, the knowledge imparted by the gurus and ustaads, is over,” he said.

He feels lucky that when he was learning, it was peaceful in Afghanistan and at “that time, all ustads (gurus) used to live in the same neighborhood so we learnt there.”

With the same pattern in India, the internationally-renowned artist says that since the beginning, “it was difficult to find an ustad because not every one of them accepted disciples.”

“If the student lacked manners and grace, they were not accepted by the ustads but things have changed now. Even the character of people has changed. The spiritual music that we had, slowly turned into showbusiness,” Sadozai said.

With a number of festivals taking place across the globe, Sadozai said that more such need to be organized.

“More and more of these festivals should be organized. The problem in Europe is that it is always in crisis. They have plenty of money, but festivals and culture have been cut off there. There is no money for the arts. We need people to appreciate the arts. But like I said, the generation is changing…” he lamented.

Sadozai has studied the sarod, a descendent of the robab, with Ustad Amjad Ali Khan in India. Amjad Ali Khan’s ancestors had brought the rhubarb from Afghanistan to India and developed the Sarod from it.

Shadows has performed at various international music festivals in Germany, France and the US. In India, he was twice honored with the Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan Award in 1988 and in 1995. (IANS)

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    It wouldn’t hurt to read your article you wrote it. “brought the rhubarb…”, seriously

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Indian Sufi clerics talk about their time at Pakistan


New Delhi, March 23, 2017: The two clerics of Hazrat Nizzamudin Dargah, Syed Asif Nizami and his nephew Nizam Nizami are reported to have returned to New Delhi.

The two clerics reportedly went missing in Pakistan last week and were alleged to have been working for R&AW and being a part of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) movement by Pakistani newspaper reports in the Urdu Daily.

Upon their return to the national capital the duo went for a seating with Mrs. Sushma Swaraj, the External Affairs Minister. During the entire rendezvous, they allegedly remained tight and shut regarding the entire situation they faced in the neighbouring country.

When asked they confessed to the fact that they were taken to a far quite place with their eyes covered and were offered tea and biscuits along with a hot dose of suspicious questions.

They accepted the fact that they were not forced or violently treated. Despite the whole incident Nizami suggested the media that he will still be visiting Pakistan again as it was a rather refreshing experience.

They also told the media that they went to visit the shrine of Baba Farid Ganj to offer their prayers and were treated and escorted as VIPs. When further questioned the duo refused to go ahead and bend deep into the pool of details.

All they ended up was with a note of thanks to the governments of India and Pakistan for returning them back home.

According to the Times of India, the duo returned back to the national capital on Monday and after landing, the clerics blamed the Pakistani newspaper for the whole chaos.
Nazim Ali rejected the Pakistani media reports by adding that they were in “interior Sindh where there was no communication network“.

Further when they were questioned as to why they were “interrogated“, they stated that they were asked about their visa and other immigration details for some special purposes.
The Duo arrived at the Dargah later in the evening and were warmly welcomed with open arms.

– by Mehak Beibs Walia of NewsGram