There are times when we recall a film by its songs. We can never forget the soulfulness of Kailash Kher‘s Allah ke Bande, even though we hardly remember the film, Waisa Bhi Hota Hai II. The song lingers on in our mind.

Bollywood’s tryst with Sufi music can be traced back to the glorious sixties. Qawwali, which is an innate part of Sufi music gave Bollywood music the zing and passion. Na to Karvan ki talash hai from the film Barsat Ki Raat (1960) to Parda Hai Parda from Amar Akbar Anthony (1977), Bollywood gave some timeless Qawwali hits.

Over the years, the Sufi influence on Bollywood has escalated. And it is not surprising. In fact, Bollywood is doing a magnificent job in spreading this magical music. The new artistes like Kailash Kher, Rabbi Shergill, Javed Ali, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and many others have added more beauty and a tinge of modernization to Sufi music.

When the soulfulness of Sufi music and the romance of Bollywood films blends together, the result is extraordinary. Here’s a list of five best Sufi songs in Bollywood:

Mann ki lagan – Paap


Mellow and gentle. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s Mann Ki Lagan struck a instant chord with the listeners. The song celebrates passion and love. The soothing music will definitely lift your mood. A little trivia –  this song marked Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s debut as a Bollywood playback singer.

Khwaja Mere Khwaja – Jodha Akbar 

This is one of many masterpieces by A.R Rahman. The pace of the track is slow but its powerful rhythm arouses mystical love and divine ecstasy. A.R Rahman’s deep vocals are soulful.

In Dino –  Life In Metro 

Genre blending gave rise to Sufi Rock. Junoon – a Sufi-Rock band and many artistes like Kailash Kher, Atif Aslam contributed to this contemporary Sufi music. Composed by Pritam, In Dino blends in classic Sufi elements with a soft guitar arrangement. In Dino, sung by Soham Bhattacharya is one amazing Sufi-Rock number you can’t afford to miss.

Khalbali Hai Khalbali – Rang De Basanti 

With Khalbali hai Khalbali, A.R Rahman gave Sufi music a techno twist. Fused with A.R Rahman’s lively voice and snappy music, Khalbali is an instant mood lifter.

Tu Jaane Na – Ajab Prem ki Gajab Kahani 

And this is why we love Bollywood music. Mesmerizing and lyrical, Atif Aslam’s Tu Jaane Na is a beautiful song glorifying love. The fervent voice of Atif just lingers on. Repeat mode on!

Sufi music conveys the message of love. And nothing is more romantic than Bollywood. The Sufi flavor adds a sweeter note to Bollywood music. From seasoned music-lovers to youngsters, everyone loves this new tune.

Want to experience the lush harmonies of Sufi music? Spend an evening with the Wadali Brothers on 24th May, 2014 at Sirifort Auditorium, New Delhi. Reserve your seats, now.

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