Devotional Music of South Asia

Each faith uses music in a beautiful way. South Asia is no exception. Sikhs use shabad - kirtan as a primary mode of hearing their religious text. Hindus have a one path dedicated to such singing and devotion. Muslims, and sufis especially, use dikr and qawwali as a way to connect with God. The South Asian Music will brings you an amalgamation of traditional devotional songs for Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and more communities with vast of of entertainment. Lets fall in love with South East Asian music and songs performed by Riyaaz Qawwali group.

Bhajan, Hindu devotional


Hindus sing bhajans as part of a religious ceremony. The lyrics are in many Indian languages. While there are no musical prescriptions for bhajans, usually a harmonium and tabla are used as the instruments to support the main singer. Riyaaz Qawwali has performed several bhajans. These include Raghupati raghav raja ram, Man lagyo yaar fakeeri mein, Gaiye ganpati jagvandan, Hare rama hare krishna, Payo ji maine raam ratan dhan payo, etc.

Gurdwara seva, Sikh shabad


In Sikhism, singing and reciting shbads from Shri Guru Granth Sahib is of utmost importance. The lyrics, or shabads are in Punjabi. There are strict prescriptions to raags for each shabad in the Guru Granth Sahib. Riyaaz Qawwali has performed several shabsds. These include Koi bole ram ram koi khudai, Awwal allah noor upaya, Tohi mohi mohi tohi antar kaisa, Mittar piyare nu, Vin pucheya hi kai jaaye, etc.

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Sufis join in religious gatherings for the sole purpose of listening to qawwali. These sittings are called mehfil-e-samaa. The lyrics are in Persian, Urdu or Punjabi. Riyaaz Qawwali has performed several traditional qawwalis. These include Man kunto maula, Aaj rung hai, Tere ishq nachaya, Taajdare haram, Bhar do jholi meri Muhammad, Allah hoo, etc.

It was phenomenal to have Riyaaz Qawwali perform at our annual gala. Heart touching voices that every one enjoyed. Tons of love and appreciation from core of my heart.
— Manoj G. , Indo-American Charity
No qawwali concert I have ever attended hit my core as much as Riyaaz Qawwali at our national convention. We are pitching their performances to our regional events now.
— Imdad A. , Islamic Oranization