Pakistani musicians creating soulful melodies to spread Sufi message of peace


CHICAGO, May 11 (APP):The Sufi message of love and peace is being spread by Pakistani musicians by blending Sufi and rock music to create soulful melodies, Pakistan’s Consul General in Chicago, Faisal Niaz Tirmizi, has said at the Northwestern University.
Tirmizi, who was invited to speak to students about Sufi literature and music in South Asia, referred to the history of Sufism and how the Sufis contributed in spreading Islam in the region during the 10th and 11th centuries.
He also talked about the contribution of of Sufi music and its components like Qawali and Ghazal. In this context, the consul general praised the contributions of Pakistani artists like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Abida Parveen, and Mehdi Hassan in promoting Sufi music.
He added that the age of internet had given Sufi music singers greater space to popularize this genre. He also spoke about how the Coke Studio had helped revive folk and Sufi music among the new generation.
At the conclusion of the event, the consul general specially thanked Dr. Daniel Majchrowicz, Professor of South Asian Literature and Culture, and Dr. RajivKinra, Professor of History of Northwestern University, for organizing his talk at the University.
Northwestern University, with more than three thousand faculty members and twenty one thousand enrolled students, is ranked at number eleven in national universities of United States.
There are a number of Pakistan students studying at the University.