Ghazal is a common and popular form of music in India. Strictly speaking, it is not a musical form at all but a poetic recitation. However, today it is commonly conceived of as an Urdu song whose prime importance is given to the lyrics. Ghazal traces its roots in classical Arabic poetry. The term 'Ghazal' in old Arabic tongue means 'a heart to heart talks to a woman'. Of course, itself, it is a soft and beautiful manifestation of poetry, usually intense with emotions or beauty or wisdom. Bollywood & Ghazals have a long-standing relationship.
Through the decades 'Ghazals' were used to infuse a sense of surrealism and maturity into an otherwise mainstream list of filmy songs. Masters such as Jagjit Singh, Talal Mehmood, Ghulam Ali, Chitra Singh and many more have defined and shaped the definition of love and loss in Bollywood through their voice and depth of emotions.
Sufi or Sufism is the music for the soul. The very essence of 'Sufi' is to guide one’s inner self towards discovering inner peace and happiness. India has been at the center of the 'Sufi Music Revolution' for many decades. With heart touching phrases imbibed in Urdu and the touch of Islamic mysticism, Sufi songs always touch the strings of the heart.
Sufi is an exceptional genre of music born from the mystic culture of Sufism which perceives devotion to God through music. This genre has been composed and sung by the legendary luminaries from medieval ages till the present day. Sufi has influenced the compositions of many musicians of the contemporary genre. The essence of Sufi has been adapted and blended with elements of classical music and often folk music as well, to create the perfect tunes making it evergreen.
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