Pakistan : Qawwali in Punjab

The sama’ or sacred audition concerts composed of an exclusively male assembly, under the direction of a spiritual guide. The devotees meet in the sanctuaries primarily on thursday evening, the ‘time of the Dead’ and for the anniversary of the death of a Saint.

Large crowds of pilgrims and devotees gather in the sanctuaries to celebrate these events . Through the act of listening, they seek to strengthen their ties with their living spiritual guide, with the deceased Saints and finally achieve a state of mystical love with god.
The sama’ or sacred audition concerts have become practically non-existent in Pakistan due to the rise of integralism which has seen several major sanctuaries bombed by young kamikazes, resulting in the prohibition of musical reunions .In this context it is highly likely that this centuries old metissage will soon disappear in Pakistan.