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Guddu and Muniya discuss why a guru is important, and what makes a true guru, in this adaptation of the dastangoi tradition performed by Rajesh Kumar and Nusrat, that draws on stories told in the Dadu Panth, and of Data Ganj Bakhsh. Sahapedia is grateful to Bajaj Autos Pvt. Ltd. for the grant that…
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Rajesh Kumar and Nusrat Dastangoi (performers), Manish Tomer, Rajesh Kumar, Ankita Dubey (writers)
Stories about bhakti and tasawwuf (‘sufism’) are told in puranas, kirtans and malfuzat (conversations with Sufi pirs). Each teller adds something of her own. 'Suni Sunai' is a retelling of such stories inspired by the Hindustani tradition of dastangoi.    The stories here are taken from northern…
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Moby Sara Zachariah
While some might have heard of Sheikh Chilli ke Lateefey of ‘air castles’ fame, not many know that there was once a seventeenth century spiritual master of the same name, and there is even a stunning tomb in Thanesar, Haryana, in his memory. We take a look at the tomb complex which is an…
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Syed Mohammad Qasim
  Philosophy   Sufism is often described as a path—a path which is both the origin of the journey as well as the intended destination. Completing this voyage (from being with God before birth, with the illusory separation in-between—to being with God again after death, when one reunites with the…
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Manidipa Singha
  Qawwali, as a Sufi musical tradition, has traveled through time and has seen significant changes in terms of space and structure. In the Indian subcontinent four major Sufi Tariqas (orders) have formed a strong base, these are: Chistiya, Qadiriya, Suhrawardiyya and Naqshbandiya. Amongst these…
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Sharmishtha Agarwal
Sarkhej Roza is one of the most unique and elegant architectural complexes in India. Located in the village of Makarba, about 7 km south-west of Ahmedabad, it has been referred to as 'Ahmedabad’s Acropolis' by architect Le Corbusier. The complex is the final resting place of Sufi saint Hazrat…
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Nitendra Singh
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Kashshaf Ghani
  Muslim presence in the Deccan from the late 13th century came to be seen as a consequence of Sultan Alauddin Khilji’s regular invasions in the south. More than the extension of political authority, the aim was to gather as many resources as possible by subjugating the southern kingdoms. These…
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