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.
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
Course Fee: PKR 18,000/-
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