SUFIS AT THE CINEMA - Six Decades of Sufi Influence on Bollywood Songs: A double-CD album release by Times Square Records

Germantown, MD, Feb 24, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Beginning with a classic from the 50s and progressing right through to the new millennium, the recordings – some blockbuster hits, others more rare – tell the true story of Sufi music in India and its influence on the more folklorish Qawwali, a music consumed on a daily basis, side-by-side with all other forms of popular Bollywood music.

Sufi-influenced music has been present in Indian cinema pretty much since the first films were released. The relationship of Sufi music to the more popular Qawwali is almost similar to that of traditional Gospel music to traditional R&B music as pioneered by Ray Charles. The performances are not always 'pure' in the lyrical sense, but neither are they devoid of 'soul'. Whether following the popular conventions of the time, or striking out on their own, some of Bollywood's most impassioned and heartfelt performances are caught in these tracks.

Tracklist

CD1; The 50s, 60’s & 70s

1. Ismail Azad Qawwal & Party - “Humen To Loot Liya” Al-hilal 1958

2. Mohd. Rafi & Balbir - “Aaj Kyon Humse Parda Hai” Sadhana 1958

3. Lata Mangeshkar & Shamshad Begum - “Teri Mehfil Mein Kismat Azmakar” Mughal-e-Azam 1960

4. Manna Dey, Batish, Sudha Malhotra & Chorus - “Yeh Ishq Ishq” Barsat Ki Raat 1960

5. Mohd. Rafi, Asha Bhosle, Manna Dey, Meena Kapoor & Chorus - “Chandi Ka Badan” Taj Mahal 1963

6. Mohd. Rafi, Manna Dey, Asha Bhosle & Chorus - “Main Idhar Jaon Ya Udhar Jaon” Palki 1967

7. Mohd. Rafi – “Allah Hi Allah” Pavitra Paapi 1970

8. Yusuf Azad Qawal, Rashida Khatoon & Chorus - “Besharm Ashiq Hain” Putlibai 1972

9. Aziz Nazan & Party – “Jhoom Barabar Jhoom” 5 Rifles 1974

10. Mohd. Rafi – “Yeh Diwane Ki Zid Hai” Laila Majnu 1976

11. Jameel Ahmed–“Aaj Rang Hai Ri Maa” Junoon 1978

12. Mahendra Kapoor, Jagjit Kaur, Pamela Chopra - “Ashiq Ho To Aisa Ho” Noorie 1979

CD2; The 80s, 90s & New Millenium

1. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – “Haq Ali” Nakhuda 1981

2. Asha Bhosle, Salma Agha, Mahendra Kapoor - “Chehra Chhupa Liya” Nikaah 1982

3. Reshma – “Lambi Judai” Hero 1983

4. Kishore Kumar, Manhar, Mahendra Kapoor - “De Daru” Karma 1986

5. Mohd. Aziz & Chorus – “Marhaba Sayyedi” Henna 1990

6. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - “Zindagi Jhoom Kar” Aur Pyar Ho Gaya 1997

7. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – “Ishq Da Rutba” Kartoos 1999

8. Jagjit Singh - “Ishq Kya Hai” Taj Mahal - A Monument Of Love 2001

9. Wadali Brothers – “Warish Shah Nu” Pinjar 2003

10. Wadali Brothers – “Darda Marya” Pinjar 2003

11. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan – “Mann Ki Lagan” Paap 2003

12. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan - “Jiya Dhadak Dhadak Jaye” Kalyug 2005

13. Roop Kumar Rathod – “Moula Mere Moula” Anwar 2007

CD: TSQ-CD-9073

US Release Date: March 8

For more information contact: beth@cinemediapromotions.com or visit www.silvascreenmusic.com