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Sufi music is a journey of life-long devotion: Muzaffar Ali

Updated: April 30, 2013, 5:00 PM IST
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Sufi music is a journey of life-long devotion: Muzaffar Ali
Filmmaker Muzaffar Ali joined IBNLive readers on his new book 'A Leaf Turns Yellow: The Sufis of Awadh'.

'A Leaf Turns Yellow: The Sufis of Awadh' is a thoroughly researched account of Sufism in Awadh, India. This illustrated volume introduces the reader to its history, traditions, sub-cultures, institutions and poetry. Each essay in this anthology is by a renowned scholar. Together, they explore the ways in which Sufism influenced, and was influenced by, social mores and expressive traditions, emerging as a way of living and thinking unique to the region. In a time of promoted rift and growing divisions, this book invites the reader to join a conversation that encourages, above all, the need to be other-regarding.

Filmmaker Muzaffar Ali joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on his new book 'A Leaf Turns Yellow: The Sufis of Awadh'.

Q. I have heard a lot of wonderful things about Sufi Saints and their way of life. Is there any specific book/s that would give me knowledge of the Sufi saints and their preachings. Asked by: Krishna

A. There are several books on Sufi Saints which can be accessed from the net. Important scholars are Anne Marie Shimmel, Martin Lings, Shaykh Fadhalla Haeri, Muneera Haeri, Seyyid Hossein Nasr, Kabir Helinski and Camille Helminiski. These are a few names that have gone into the essence and taken Sufi thought and scholarship through English on a global scale. We at Rumi Foundation publish books under the HU publications and our 5th and latest issue is a leaf turns yellow on the Sufis of Awadh.

Q. Which is your best film among the film u have made...is it umrao jann.. Asked by: Rajnish

A. Gaman was my first film and many of its technicians and artistes first film. It had the freshness and the energy and idealism of first film which is very endearing. Its music and lyrics still haunts me.

Q. What inspired you to write this book.. Asked by: Rohit

A. My passion for Awadh and my roots. The urge for promoting global oneness through our tradition of our composite culture.

Q. What is most difficult..making film or writing a book.. Asked by: Ramesh

A. Both. These are two different processes. You have to immerse yourself into both but eventually it flows out effortlessly.

Q. Two questions. what influence Hinduism had on Sufism? Why do the devout Muslims hate SufiS? Asked by: Anand

A. Sufism is about openness. There is a difference between being devout and being a fundamentalist.

Q. How do you define Sufism to a layman? Asked by: Shobana

A. One Truth.

Q. Are today's music directors and artists trying enough to preserve / carry forward the legacy? Asked by: Saurabh

A. Music for films is creating a world around the truth of the subject, very few go that deep or even know the subject. Sufi music on the other hand is journey of life long devotion and being consumed in divine love.

First Published: April 30, 2013, 5:00 PM IST
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