Bhajan are basically Hindu Devotional or Bhakti Song which are sung in love or attachment for Deity like Shiv, Vishnu or Shakti. It can also be a reiteration of ‘Mantra’ in a musical way. Singing bhajans are very common in temples and shrines in India. Some Bhajans in local regional language also includes tales and incidents from scriptures or teachings of saints. Sufi Songs, Qawwali, Kirtan, Aarti or Gurbani are all somehow related to Bhajan. Kabir, Rumi, Nanak, Meera, Narottama Dasa, Surdas and Tulsidas are some famous Bhajan composers in India. Traditional Bhajan such as Madhura-bhakti, Vallabhapanthi, Nirguni, Gorakhanathi, Ashtachhap,Sampradya, etc. each have their own range and methods of singing.
In India, people usually organise small function in homes and get together to sing bhajans in remembrance of God. Below we have selected 36 very popular, superhit and beautiful Bhajan compositions from Bollywood movies and private music albums. You can easily listen to each Bhajans via music player and can even download from the link below each song.
These bhajans are selected spending lots of time surfing web. You will found all popular Radha Krishan bhajan, Mata ke bhajan, Hanuman bhajan, Ram bhajan and even Ganesh Vandana. They gained popularity due to beautiful music composition with some great lyrics. Many of the above renowned singers spends most of their life singing bhajans and other devotional songs with live stage shows, travelling all across India. There are some Bhajans that are very popular and Superhit due to their soundtrack. These famous bhajans are sang by legendary Lata Mangeshkar, Mohd. Rafi, Anoop Jalota, etc
The word ‘Sufi‘ is derived from Sufism. And Sufism in simple terms is a realization of spiritual truth, following Godly path with unconditional love and devotion. Sufi songs spread the teachings of Sufism among masses and that is the only reason they are loved and widely accepted by the common people. India has always been a land of great Sufi Saints, and for more than 1000 of years countless Saints, Spiritual Leaders, Prophets, Avtar have emerged on this land to show right path to Humankind. Some of the famous Sufi Saints were Hazrat Khawaja Nizamuddin Aulia, Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti, Kabir, Rumi, Bulleh Shah who were in love with Almighty and always taught His teachings.
Below we have listed 35 superhit and most popular Sufi songs that are basically poems of Bulleh Shah, Shah Hussain, Waris Shah, Rumi, Sultan Bahu and other renowned Saints. These poets were sung by famous singer such as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Abida Parveen, Hans Raj Hans, Reshma and leading singers from India and Pakistan. We have watchfully selected Sufi songs of Original Soundtrack so that you can enjoy just by playing through music player or can download even through the link given below each Sufi song. Enjoy!
1.) Je Tu Rab Nu Manuna by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
This amazing Sufi Naat is sung by great ‘Qawwali‘ singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan from Pakistan. He is considered great vocalist & legend both in India & Pakistan. This song is written & composed by him and is all about true and unconditional love towards your Master/ Guru to please Almighty.
Abida Parveen is a outstanding Sufi singer, often called as the ‘Queen of Sufi music‘. She is considered one of the finest vocal artists of Pakistan. She has toured globally and has sung hundreds of sufi songs. ‘Sade Vehre Aya Kar’ is very popular Punjabi Sufi poem written by noted Punjabi poet, Baba Bulleh Shah. It collected special fame when Abida Parveen sang it in her voice.
Gurdas Maan is a great Punjabi singer, songwriter, and actor. He is considered one of the most notable figures in the world of Punjabi music. This song in not a sufi song but it depicts lovers (Heer & Ranjha) devotion for each other like they worship. Even more the writer Waris Shah states that the story has a deeper meaning, referring to the unremitting quest that man has towards God. Listen to this very popular song.
Is a beautiful, famous and superhit Punjabi ‘Sufi Naat’ written by noted 18th-century mystic poet Baba Bulle Shah in love with his guru ‘Inayat Shah’. It’s a very popular song and performed by many Sufi and qawwali singers, including Abida Parveen, and also featured in many Sufi music albums of various artists from both India & Pakistan. Listen it below!
Hans Raj Hans is a Punjabi singer from Punjab, India. He started singing Punjabi folk, devotional and Sufi music at very young age. This famous sufi song is written by lyricist Khawaja Pervaiz and sung by many artists but Hans Raj Hans has sung it brilliantly. Just check it out and enjoy. You can even download it from below link.
Qawwalis titled ‘Allah Hoo’ have been performed by many different qawwals like Sabri Brothers, Hans Raj Hans and so on. But in this the traditional Sufi chant is sung brilliantly by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Sahab and no one has sung like him. Enjoy this popular sufi song from below.
7.) Chap Tilak Sab Cheen li by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
This amazing song is composed by Amir Khusro, who was a popular 14th-century Sufi Poet. Due to the quality of its melody and mystical lyrics, it is frequently heard in Qawwali concerts across Asian Countries by many sufi singers like Naheed Akhtar, Mehnaz Begum, Abida Parveen, etc. But here Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan has sung it very strongly.
This song is sung by Lakhwinder Wadali and Ustad Puran Chand Wadali, who are Sufi singers and musicians from Amritsar District in Punjab, India. This superhit sufi kalam is all about the different way a disciple do to see his master. Beautiful song with really deep lyrics/meaning.
This very popular spiritual song lyrics was initially written by Hazrat Amir Khusro and later modified by Baba Bulleh Shah. The melody was composed by Master Ashiq Hussain of Pakistan and was made widely popular by many Pakistani and Indian singers like Hans Raj Hans, Noor Jahan, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Abida Parveen, Sabri Brothers, etc.
Arif Lohar is a Punjabi folk singer from Pakistan. The song was composed and sung by Arif Lohar, and the lyrics were deeply inspired as well as integrated by 17th century Sufi poet Sultan Bahu. There is a striking use of this musical instrument called ‘chimta‘ in Hindi (tongs).
Reshma was a renowned folk as well as playback singer of Pakistan, who was also very popular in India. ‘Akhiyan Nu Rehn De‘ is not a sufi song but she has beautifully portrayed such words like ‘jogi’ which depicts pain and suffering in separation from her ‘Murshid‘. Listen to this wonderful music below.
Is a renowned Sufi Punjabi song written by mystic poet Baba Bulleh Shah. He composed this poem at the return of his spiritual guru ‘Inayat Shah’. The song is part of most of the Qawwali performances in both India and Pakistan. It is one of the best known songs of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and part of his album ‘The Essential Collection‘.
This is a work of art of noted mystic poet ‘Amir Khusro’ who in appreciation of his spiritual master and saint Nizamuddin Auliya. This popular ‘kalam’ has been sung by many singers but Nusrat Sahab has sung it like he owns it. Listen to this masterpiece below.
Another awesome and popular Sufi Naat from Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan which depicts God’s Great Grace, Kindness and countless Blessing to sinners like us. You can download this qawwali from below or can hear from media player as well.
It’s a different Sufi composition written as well as sung by Gurdas Maan. He has sung it for his master ‘Sai Laddi Shah Ji‘ in which he gave message that whoever pursue God’s path should never listen to people’s negative points or follow fake suggestions and later feel misguided. Which is true!
A beautiful Sufi composition by Satinder Sartaaj, who is an Punjabi singer and poet from India. He has sung it so nicely in its own melody & style that it got immense popular in short span of time. Just listen!
This song is basically a ‘Bhajan’ originally sung by Meerabai in remembrance of Lord Krishna. This composition has been sung by many famous artists, but Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan made this song very popular in Asian countries through his unmatched singing style and voice. Very pleasant and heart-touching Sufi song.
Its not a sufi kalam but its not even less than a devotional song. Once you hear it carefully, you will notice that Nusrat Sahab has written it in loving memory of Almighty. Such pure and beautiful composition.
25.) Tumhain Dillagi Bhool by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
It is another great composition by Nusrat Sahab which is all about pain and suffering in love, whether humanly or godly. Lyrics clearly states that one should not make fun of people who have submitted themselves to willingness of God.
The song lyrics are written by renowned Pakistani poet ‘Manzoor Hussain Jhalla‘. Reshma has sung his many songs but ‘Ve Main Chori Chori‘ is one of her most popular song. Listen to this beautiful composition.
Qari Shahid is one of the famous ‘Sufi Naat‘ singer in Pakistan. Mera Murshid Sohna, Maan Di Shan, etc are some his best piece of music, but ‘Koi Mansoor Koi’ is one of his finest creation to pay his homage to Holy Prophet Muhammad.
Below are the others Popular Sufi Songs from Bollywood Movies
1.) Piya Haji Ali from Movie – Fiza
‘Piya Haji Ali‘ is a beautiful song by A.R. Rehman for Hindi movie Fiza (2000) which was filmed in Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai. This song is composed with a beautiful blend of Sufi music and evokes internal feelings of mercy & compassion. The lyrics are very meaningful which made this song very popular in India and still played in many mystical concerts.
The song ‘Allah Hi Raham‘ is from Karan Johar and Shahrukh Khan’s Hindi movie My Name Is Khan (2010). The song features Ustad Rashid Khan and the music is directed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and lyrics are by Niranjan Iyengar.
The Song ‘Arziyan‘ is from Hindi Film Delhi-6 (2009). This sufi song is beautifully sung by playback Singers – Javed Ali, Kailash Kher and written by Prasoon Joshi and music composed by A.R. Rahman. The leading artist were Abhishek Bachchan & Sonam Kapoor in this movie.
4.) Bhar Do Jholi Meri from Movie – Bajrangi Bhaijaan
This great sufi kalam was originally composed by ‘Ghulam Farid Sabri‘ from Pakistan. But it gain popularity once it appeared in Bollywood movie ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan‘ (2015) and was sung by famous playback singer Adnan Sami.
This popular song is written, composed and sang by A.R. Rehman for movie Jodhaa Akbar (2008). Here ‘Khwaja‘ mean’s something like ‘spiritual master’ in Sufism. And ‘Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti‘ is the Sufi master of which this song sings.
A. R. Rahman, Mohit Chauhan & Javed Ali sang in different stanza in this awesome sufi song. Lyrics are by Irshad Kamil. Its a part of the Hindi Movie Rockstar (2011). Here ‘Kun Faya Kun‘ means that it’s all God’s will and His absolute control over every creation. This song is sung in the resting place of a noted Sufi saint known as ‘Hazrat Nizamuddin‘.
1. Teri Diwani – Kailash Kher
2. Afreen Afreen – Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
3. Bulla Ki Jana Me Kaun – Rabbi Shergill
4. Maula Mere Maula – Roop Kumar Rathod
5. Main jahaan rahoon – movie Namastey London
6. O re piya o re piya – movie Aaja Nachle
7. Mera Sohna Sajan Ghar – Abida Parveen
8. Ankhiyan No Chain Na Awe – Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
9. Jab Se Tunay Mujhe – Abida Parveen
10. Kinna Sohna – Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
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Whether you are sitting in home, eating food in restaurant or enjoying drinks in bar, you will come across to this beautiful melody know as Ghazal (which is also remarked as ‘Shayari’ or ‘Nazm’). Listening Ghazals is favorite pastime for almost all music lovers in India. Ghazals is an Arabic word, which is a poetic expression to describe affection, separation, pain or beauty in love. Its trend emerged in Mid 70’s in Bollywood Industry and was sung in Indian Classical Music with all ‘Ragas’ and ‘Talas’. Amir Khusro, Mir Taqi and Mirza Ghalib were few renowned Ghazal writers from India.
Below we have selected 35 most popular and superhit Ghazals of Mehdi Hassan, Jagjit Singh & Ghulam Ali. All Ghazals are of Original Soundtrack and you can enjoy each song just by playing through music player or can even download through the link given below each Ghazal song. The list is in alphabetic order… Simply Enjoy!
1.) Aaina Mujhse Meri
The Ghazal is from superhit Hindi movie ‘Daddy‘ (1989). This touching ‘Nazm‘ is sung by Talat Aziz and was all about self realization for movie sequence (a person who deeply loves her daughter and willing to change his drinking habits). You can listen to this Ghazal below or can even download it.
Jagjit Singh is a famous Ghazals Singer form India and also very Popular for his playback singing in Bollywood movies. It is one of his best Ghazal from private Album ‘Classics Forever’ . There is so much love and reality reflected in this song.
This popular Ghazal is sung by Farida Khanum who is basically from Punjab in Pakistani. She is a popular classical singer in Pakistan and even ‘The Times of India’ has title her Malika-e-Ghazal (Queen of Ghazal). This is her very famous and admired ghazal which is written by ‘Fayyaz Hashmi‘.
This awesome Ghazal is sung by Mehdi Hassan who is very famous playback & Ghazal singer from Pakistan. He is the greatest and most influential personality in the history of Ghazal singing. This Ghazal was very popular in 70’s & 80’s era.
Ghulam Ali is another sensational Ghazal singer from Pakistani of the Patiala Gharana. This is his beautiful and famous ghazal from the album – Tukray Tukray. You can listen this Ghazal below or can download it.
This popular Ghazal was written by poet ‘Hasrat Mohani‘ which was brilliantly sung by Ghulam Ali. The Ghazal got very popular among lovers from both Pakistan and India as it was very different from other poetic pieces of the same period.
This Nazm is sung and composed by Attaullah Khan, who is very famous personality from Pakistan. His most of the composition are based on love or lover Betrayal situation. You can listen this Ghazal below or can download it.
It is one of the best Ghazal of Jagjit Singh, which is so popular that it is still played in many singing concerts, theaters, restaurants and even in homes. This was written by popular urdu poet ‘Kaifi Azmi‘.