Abida enchants Delhiites with her exotic 'Sufi kalams'

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New Delhi, Oct 28 (UNI) The uncrowned Sufi Queen, Begum Abida Parveen, transported music lovers of Delhi into a spiritual ecstasy last evening at the historic Purana Qila here.

The Pakistani singer, in a live concert organised by the External Affairs Spouses' Association (EASA) Charitable Trust and Indian Council for Cultural Relations, engrossed listeners with her powerful voice and charged music. She appeared to give herself over entirely to her fans in her music for as long as they demanded it.

''Sitara-e-Imtiaz'', as she is popularly known, gave the best from her forte of 'Kafi' and 'Ghazal' to music lovers.

Begum Abida, whose fame spreads in every corner of the world, aimed her music at uniting heart-to-heart and people-to-people, as she is the one who ventured into the traditional male domain of 'Quwwalis'.

She started on a spiritual note praising the 'Supreme Power' and gradually moved on to notes of eternal love and its bond with Him.

Her rendition emphasised affinity of the soul with God and love and harmony between people.

She often lingered on a low note and sometimes rose to dizzy heights displaying dazzling virtuosity. She seemed to be in a state of ecstatic communion with her audience, inspired by an energy coming directly from Him, whose praises she sang.

Sufi music is one that connects with the heart. It talks of submission and surrender that bonds humans to God and transcends all religious boundaries.

Begum Abida performed a wide range of 'kalams', both sacred and secular, of great Sufi poets with her own music composition that appeared richly ornamented as the warm voice embraced the stanzas.

Mrs Gursharan Kaur, wife of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, chief guest at the concert, felicitated her.

The concert was organised for raising funds for EASA Charitable Trust which works for the betterment of women, children, and the underprivileged.

UNI

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