Qavvali: Transformation and Impact

Mar 10, 2020 - Apr 02, 2020
Application Deadline:
Mar 05, 2020
4 Weeks
Tuesday - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Thursday - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

The devotional qavvali form has long been a part of the Indo-Persian cultural complex. Fluid in form, traveling from one ghar, or home, to another, taking on different linguistic guises at various junctures, the qavvvali is a difficult form to theorize and even historicize for scholars of South Asia and Islam. Using the textual as an entry point, this course attempts to trace the historical practices and Sufi ideals that undergird the qavvali tradition, the significance of various ghars and the distinct attitudes each has brought towards the practice, as well as the linguistic valences that the verses distinguish themselves through (Persio-Arab-Urdu-Punjabi). We will also examine the contemporary renditions of the qavvali, and pay particular attention to the recent commercialization of the form through platforms such as Coke Studio, as well as its past on national media such as PTV.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students should

  • Have developed a taste of subcontinental devotional poetry and music
  • Have a sound understanding of past and present of Qavvali
  • Be familiarized with basic styles of Qavvali
  • Be able to appreciate the universality of Qavvali
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Instructor Information
Dr. Ghulam Moeenuddin Nizami
Professor, Department Of Humanities & Social Sciences, LUMS

Course Fee: PKR 18,000/-

Note: CES may cancel or postpone a course due to insufficient enrolment or unforeseen circumstances. In this case, the university will refund registration/processing fee (if any) but will not be responsible for any other related charges/expenses including cancellation/change charges by airline and travel agencies. 

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