In Context: Sanam Marvi

Pakistani superstar Sanam Marvi presents an evening of folk as well as also Sufi devotional music at its most intensely sublime, singing poetic texts in Urdu, Sindhi, as well as also Saraiki. Context is usually everything, so get closer to the production through our series of curated links, videos, as well as also articles. After you’ve attended the show, let us know what you thought by posting from the comments below as well as also on social media using #SanamMarvi.

Program Notes

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Sanam Marvi (BAM blog)
“‘I am neither Sunni nor Shia,’ Marvi sings… ‘My heart is usually troubled by both sides.’”

Sanam Marvi (Center StageSM)
A comprehensive overview of “vocal warrior” Sanam Marvi by Center StageSM, a public diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational as well as also Cultural Affairs.

The Popularity of Pakistani Sufi Music (DESIblitz)
Singing as a means of spiritual connection to God.

(Re)Gendering Ritual/Religious Practices (H-Gender-MidEast)
Part of an academic dialogue on the centrality of female voices in Sufi Islam.

An Introduction to the Music of India
A resource guide with explanations of four regional instruments featured in Sanam Marvi’s concert: the dholak, tabla, harmonium, as well as also sitar.

Watch & Listen


‘Tu Rah Naward-e-Shauq Hai Manzil Na Kar Qabool’: Virsa Heritage Revived (Dailymotion)
Marvi performs alongside her childhood music teacher as well as also legend of Qawwali devotional music, Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, on a common Pakistani music show. With English translations. (Be sure to catch the sick electric rubab solo at 1:23.)

‘Manzil-e-Sufi’: Coke Studio (YouTube)
In a live studio recording, Marvi sings a Sindhi poem about selfless love.

currently your turn…

What did you think? Tell us what’s on your mind from the comments below as well as also on social media using #SanamMarvi.

In Context: Sanam Marvi

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