Qawwali is an ecstatic form of devotional Sufi music. The music is filled with fast drums, clapping, and ecstatic singing, usually accompanied by a harmonium. Most will agree that the Persian saint Hazrat Amir Khusraw, who lived from 1253 until 1325 created the traditional from. Although the style is rooted in religious music, it has crossed into the secular music; you can find it being played outside temples, saints tombs, or in Bollywood films. The effect of the music puts the listener into a trance like state of silence or ecstasy, which is all welcomed at a qawwali performance. The term Qawwali represents the genre of religious music, the occasion it is played, and the Qawwal are the expert musicians playing the music.
Mystic music of Sufis