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Several renowned Sufi poets like Rumi, Omar Khayyam wrote verses from their own spiritual existence and this gave their works a magical touch. The objective of Sufi music is to love the creator and to connect with him spiritually. For beginners, to understand Qawwali in the right way, you need to understand the teachings of Sufism and how it is to be read. Through Qawwali music, the teachings are propagated to people all around the world. Beginners after learning about the spiritual background of the art form, learn several ragas including Yaman, bhairav, tori, poori, and many more. It is also believed that practicing Qawwali is the best way to get in touch with the gods spiritually. In most cases, a thorough understanding of the art form cannot be obtained when you try learning it yourself. Having someone to mentor will help you tremendously help you in correctly understanding Qawwali.
ipassio has teachers with in-depth knowledge of Islamic mysticism. Several of these teachers are Sufi poets with decades of experience in singing and composing Sufi music. After listening to a student's voice, teachers will provide customized lesson plans based on their skills and level of knowledge. Sufi teachers will ensure that each student learns the voice culture, singing techniques, history of the styles, and a song that they can perform. Most of these qawwali teachers have learned music from a very young age and have unparalleled powers in spiritual singing. They understand the learning struggles of students and help them learn at their own comfortable pace. Students can avail Qawwali classes right from the comfort of their homes itself. They learn directly from the Sufi teacher via online video conferencing.
Courses will start with a brief history and description of the Qawwali art form and Sufism in broad. This will enable students opportunity to learn new and creative ways to express their devotion. Most of the lessons will be focused on vocal training which begins with closely observing the voice 1 on 1 and developing an adequate voice culture. Beginners' course covers various traditional Sufiana kalams which include works of many poets from ancient, medieval, and modern times. Students will learn the correct pronunciation and will be trained in the notes of kalam. Students will also receive guided practice to ensure proficiency in rhythm. Since the teachers are proficient in Urdu, students will be able to understand the complicated nuances of the language. Students will also be able to perform Sufi vocal compositions at the end of beginner courses.
Sufi music is one of the most revered musical genres. It is primarily a devotional musical tradition that has a transcendental effect on the performer as well as the listener. Hence, learning Sufi music is certainly not the same as other musical genres. The teachers have to evaluate the student’s potential and come up with an appropriate curriculum to make the learning process easy and enjoyable.
Qawwali and other forms of Sufi music are based on various ragas such as Yaman, Bhairavi, Tori, Bilawal, Bhairavi, etc. Students who have a strong foundation in classical music will find it easier to grasp the elements of Sufi music. Having said that, students with no prior training in classical music can also apply. Because the beginner’s courses are designed to help students without any musical background to get initiated into the learning process and techniques of Sufi music.
You have to discuss it with the teacher beforehand and figure out if the class can be rescheduled.
The online live sessions are held for one hour.
It is advisable to opt for a course that offers a customized curriculum and undivided attention of the teacher. Look for live individual classes where you can get the class recording and provision to reach out to the teachers whenever you need.
Sufi music is inspired by the works of renowned Sufi poets such as Rumi, Amir Khusrow, and Khawaja Gulam Farif among others. These are devotional songs that aim at uniting the listeners with the Divine.
Having originally been practiced by Persian poets during the reign of the Delhi Sultanate the origin of Sufi music can be attributed to India.
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