Sunday, December 4, 2016

Assamese Zikir in Rajgir Mahotsav 2016 | Bihar | Kalpana Patowary


This is mix of Salam and Assamese Zikr (meaning singing or remembering God’s name) presented in Rajgir Mahotsav in Bihar by Kalpana Patowary.

Zikir represents a devotional musical genre of Assam prevalent among the Muslims of Assam. Zikir songs embody the teaching of Islam that draws from local musical traditions and have striking similarities with borgeets of Srimanta Sankardeva, the 16th-century saint-scholar from Assam.

Azan Pirs verson of the Sufi music is called Zikir was very unique and had the unique local style to it. It had the essence of Assam and the "Assamese-ness" that he adopted, along with the tradition of Sufism that he brought with him. He helped to unify the people of the Brahmaputra valley, promoting a culture of harmony.

Azan Pir can also be called as an ambassador of Hindu-Muslim unity for his love for both the community. Azan fakir also gave Assam the Assamese Zikir and Zari. It is believed that he had written around 160 Zikir in Assamese language. He was also a good singer and along with his disciples, he used to perform Zikir.

Born as Shah Miran he is remembered for his reform efforts of the Muslim people of the Assam region who had lost all their links with their Islamic roots. He reformed, reinforced and stabilized Islam in the region of Assam in 16th century.


Azan Peer was buried at Saraguri Chapori on the banks of river Dikhow, at 22 Kms from the Sivasagar in Upper Assam where his dargah still stands.
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