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'The silent majority of Muslims are not Wahhabi'

Based in New Delhi, Sadia Dehlvi is a noted columnist who has written extensively on Islam, Sufism and Muslim-related issues. In this interview with Yoginder Sikand, she talks about the need for......

Pak crisis deepens, Qadri issues 48-hour deadline to govt

Pakistan’s political crisis deepened on Monday with cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri giving a fresh 48-hour ultimatum to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down after a former top election commission......

ISIS's rise gives a boost to Wahhabism in India

According to an IB report, preachers of the extreme Wahhabism form of Islam are trying to take over madrasas and masjids, says Vicky Nanjappa. The conflict in Iraq has brought to the limelight a......

The 'odd' man who opted out of the race for big job

Gopal Subramanium would have been a plus to the apex bench, aver many, who point to his record and speak for his integrity. Kavita Chowdhury reportsFormer Solicitor-General and eminent lawyer......

What is Sonia's second prayer at Ajmer for?

Congress boss breaks with tradition to send two chadars to the Ajmer dargah. Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com Leaving nothing to chance, Congress boss Sonia Gandhi will offer two chadars at the......

Tourist trains to connect pilgrim centres

Aiming at boosting domestic tourism, Railways on Tuesday announced several tourist trains connecting pilgrim centres across the country. Special pilgrim circuits like Devi Circuit, Jyotirling......

Bauls to come under medical insurance

In the first-ever initiative for the 'bauls' of rural Bengal, the folk baladeers now come under medical insurance. To honour and support the cause of 'bauls', whose stringed 'ektara' is unique......

Vote! Bollywood's best sufi songs

In the earliest Bollywood movies, Sufism was represented in the form of qawwali which in turn made its way from dargahs (shrines). Mixing it with pop influences, Hindi movies began using......

Review: Raja Natwarlal's music grows on you slowly

Since debutant Yuvan Shankar Raja brings in new sounds with this album, he deserves a few hearings, writes Joginder Tuteja. Yuvan Shankar Raja, who has composed for over 100 films down South, makes......

Review: Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa is all show, no reality

Are you all set for Palak Dikhhla Jaa, asks Raja Sen. It’s not what I expected, that’s for sure. Madhuri Dixit, Akshay Kumar, Karan Johar, Alia Bhatt and various (mostly weak) dancers......

Review: Main Tera Hero is total paisa vasool!

Not exactly meant for family audiences, Main Tera Hero is a refreshingly unpretentious, says Paloma Sharma.The first in a long enough list of good news is that at least, for once, it is......

Review: Dhoom 3's soundtrack is engaging

Dhoom Machale is the biggest draw of the Dhoom 3 soundtrack, writes Joginder Tuteja. There are good, though not humungous, expectations from the music of Dhoom 3. While Dhoom and Dhoom 2 had......
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Q. what is the difference between gazal and qawali?
Vilas Deshpande:  A.  more

http://qna.rediff.com/questions-and-answers/what-is-the-difference-between-gazal-and-qawali/27337333/answers/

jaya
Q. Whats the meaning of " Sayonee '' . Might be a Sufi word ?
Jaya:  A. The roots of Qawwali can be traced back to 8th century Persia (today's Iran and Afghanistan). During the first major migration from Persia, in the...... more

http://qna.rediff.com/questions-and-answers/whats-the-meaning-of---sayonee--.-might-be-a-sufi-word-/27269434/answers/27337352

Ginger
Q. MUSIC ---What kind of music or any song in particular which rejuvenates your senses?
Ginger:  A. I think its parsi. It means say something more

http://qna.rediff.com/questions-and-answers/music----what-kind-of-music-or-any-song-in-particular-which-/27141692/answers/27269440

subhash
Q. How to control the effects, if someone is found deeply frustrated?
Subhash:  A. Great music, carefully selected, can change my moods, energize me, calm me, improves my mental focus, lift us up spiritually, and helps me to...... more

http://qna.rediff.com/questions-and-answers/how-to-control-the-effects-if-someone-is-found-deeply-frustr/27084047/answers/27141738

  Web results for Sufis
Sufi Fusion Night at Fusion Lounge in Delhi

It was a soothing evening for Delhiites at the Sufi Fusion Nights at Fusion Lounge in the capital recently. Tarit Pal, one of the country's... ...

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/events/delhi/Sufi-Fusion-Night-at-Fusion-Lounge-in-Delhi/articleshow/41005057.cms
An ensemble of classical and folk music genres

From the rustic Pandavani tradition of Chhattisgarh to the soul searching Sufi renditions of north India, to a mix of Hindustani classical and pop,... ...

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/427871/an-ensemble-classical-folk-music.html
The nature of divinity

Plant worship is universal. There is no human civilisation or religious tradition in which plants do not figure since life on earth would not be... ...

http://www.business-standard.com/article/opinion/the-nature-of-divinity-114082701292_1.html
Big names to perform at dance, music fest in Chhattisgarh

Renowned artists will take part in the annual 'Chakradhar Samaroh', a contemporary dance, singing and music festival, beginning here in... ...

http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/big-names-to-perform-at-dance-music-fest-in-chhattisgarh-114082701226_1.html
Posthumously recognised formidable figure

2014-08-26 50 Great Indian Cartoonists (18) | Mrinal Chatterjee Posted by;Orissabarta.com Naren Ray (8 January 1936 - 26 July 2003) drew cartoons... ...

http://www.orissabarta.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=16868:naren-ray-sufi-posthumously-recognised-formidable-figure&catid=41:articles&Itemid=27

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