India in the World is comprised of five themes: Art, Music, Exhibitions, Media, and Lectures/Symposia. We are particularly excited about the Music theme. This semester Asif Ali Khan, a preeminent performer of the qawwali genre, will perform at the University, on March 21st 8:00 pm at Rackham Hall. Qawwali is a genre of devotional music most closely associated with Sufi Islam. This visit by Asif Ali Khan and his troupe is sponsored by the University Musical Society.
Asif Ali Khan—who was once hailed by the maestro of qawwali, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, as one of his best students—has surely emerged as the music’s reigning prince. Asif is a superstar in his native Pakistan and a powerful figure on the international stage, remaining faithful to the sublime traditions of devotional Sufi music. His music can be meditative and trance-inducing, before, at a turn, becoming thrilling and ecstatic. To hear his voice soaring above the call-and-response choruses, rhythmic hand claps, percussion, and harmonium of his accompanying musicians is an inspiring experience whether you’re an adherent of the Sufi faith or not.
Tickets are required for the performance and can be purchased from UMS.