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Love, peace and prosperity in the music

Repeka Nasiko
Monday, October 01, 2012

INDIAN folk singing group, Qawwal Wajahat Hussain Badayuni Group continued their tour of Fiji with a mesmerising performance at the Girmit Centre in Lautoka.

The centre was filled to capacity with people who came to enjoy the devotional compositions of the group.

Led by Wajahat Hussain Khan from Badayuni in Uttar Pradesh, the group performed a string of songs that brought much delight to those that attended. Sponsored by the Indian High Commission's Cultural Centre, the group have been touring the country performing Qawwali inspired by the Awadhi style of singing.

ICC director Dr Kamal Kishor Mishra said the performances by Mr Khan and his group had been well received by the locals.

"They are spreading the gospel of love, peace and prosperity and it is always important to have that in our lives," said Dr Mishra.

"We want the people of Fiji to experience this type of music that is not only soulful and melodious but also has a great message behind each song."

Qawwali is a form of Sufi devotional music popular in South Asia with a vibrant musical tradition that stretches back more than 700 years.

Originally performed at Sufi shrines or dargah throughout South Asia, it has also gained mainstream popularity.

It is considered as music and as a group song performed by qawwals in groups led by one or two solo singers.

The group will be in Ba today.