Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

Cachemire: Le Sufyana Kalam De Srinagar / Kashmir: Sufyana Kalam from Srinagar: Ustad Ghulam Mohammad Saznavaz

Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

Cachemire: Le Sufyana Kalam De Srinagar / Kashmir: Sufyana Kalam from Srinagar: Ustad Ghulam Mohammad Saznavaz

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SOUTH ASIA Cachemire: Le sufyana kalam de Srinagar / Kashmir: Sufyana Kalam from Srinagar: Ustad GhulümMohammadSüznavüz. 2013. Archives internationales de musique populaire AIMP 106. Disques VDE-GALLO VDE CD-1410. Recorded by Renaud Millet-Lacombe. Annotated by Laurent Aubert with the collaboration of Paul Grant. Gatefold package and 40-page booklet with notes in French and English. English translation by Isabel Ollivier. Colour photographs, map. CD, 6 tracks (71:59). Recorded in Srinagar in 2010.

This disc is an exceptional contribution to the body of recorded South Asian Sufi music. It documents a tradition that lias only rarely been recorded, and one very different from other Sufi music from South Asia (for instance qawwali, Sindhi wai, or kafi from Punjab). Sonically, it resembles the kalam and qasida recitation of northern Pakistan, especially Hunza, where the rubab (a plucked lute) is often the lead vocalist's key instrument.

The music, which sets classical Sufi texts to enchanting melodies, is performed in group settings with the audience joining the chorus, as is coimnon in devotional performances or prayers. The album features the Persian and Kashmiri poetry of renowned classical poets from Central Asia and Kaslnnir. Evident throughout are the influences of indigenous, central Asian, and south Asian musics: Indian ragas meet seamlessly with muqam music.

Ustad Ghulam Mohammad Saznavaz ornaments the raga skilfully on the santur (dulcimer) while Mushtaq Alunad Saznavaz follows his voice artistically on the saz-e-kashmiri (a bowed spike fiddle whose sound is close to that of the kamancheh). …

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