On this musical episode of Pride and Prejudice, reporter Suryatapa Mukherjee speaks to musician Ruhan Ali. Despite their popularity online, Ruhan says they are shunned from Qawwali spaces for being queer.
Qawwali is Sufi Islamic devotional music. As we discuss the discrimination in such spaces right now, we also go back in time to trace the queer roots of Qawwali and Sufi culture in India with the book 'Same-Sex Love In India: Readings from Literature and History.'
You will hear several of Ruhaan’s songs, Qawwali and others, on this episode. Tune in!
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Main To Piya Se Naina | Kalam Hazrat Ameer Khusro
Shree Dheeraj Bawra - Main To Piya Se Naina Laga Aayi Re