Music of Shah Abdul Lattiaf
1.The art of arranging sounds in time so as to produce a continuous, unified,
and evocative composition, as through melody, harmony, rhythm, and timbre.
2. Vocal or instrumental sounds possessing a degree of melody, harmony, or
3. a. A musical composition. b. The written or printed score for such a
c. Such scores considered as a group: We keep our music in a stack near the
4. A musical accompaniment.
5. A particular category or kind of music.
6. An aesthetically pleasing or hormonious sound or combination of sounds:
Sindh is country with roots in the Indus Vally Civillization. The ancient wisdom
of its culture is reflected in the sufi way of its people. Music has been an
essential part of the spiritual life of sindhis for many a millennia.
Unfortunately, in contrast of its rich musical traditions, Sindhi music has
little exposure on the world music scene. The Sufi Music consists of "Baits" or
"Waee". The Baits are performed in two ways i.e 'Sanhoon' or thin (low voice)
and 'graham' or thic (high voice). The Waee can be performed in three different
ways. The first is called 'Chherra' or Tinkering.In Chherra, there is a rapid
back and forth or up and down change of notes. The sequence of striking the
strings is entirely dependent on the contents of the Waee. The second way of
performing a Waee is called 'Dotalli' or double-stringed. The Dotalli Waee is
performed by rendering the verses on a rythem consisiting of strings in order of
2nd, 5th, 1st and again 5th. The third way the Waee is performed is called 'Dedhi'
or twisted. The Dedhi Waee is performed by rendering the verses on a rythm
consisting of strings in order of 2nd, 5th, 1st and a blank or a tap on the
wooden top of the heart-shaped bottom of the Dambooro. The tap on the wooden
part gives sort of percussion sound and enhances the rythm of the Waee. The last
version is the most common and preferred way of performing waee by the most
Waee is more popularly known as 'Kafi', common to Sindh and adjoining areas of
Balochistan, Punjab, Rajistan and Gujrat. The Kafi is an institution in itself
in which many people can take part. After every line, a regular dialogue in
singing ensues. One man gives a 'dohira' a verse; then another responds,
replying in return; so on and so on it goes and supplies a feast for the
intellect as well as the heart.