Performativity, Mysticism, Experience

Kavoori, A. (2016). Performativity, Mysticism, Experience: Making sense of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s Qawallis. Global Media Journal, Fall, Vol IX:II, 1-15. 

Abstract: This paper is a textual analysis of the media culture (music videos, performances, advertising, visual/ viral culture) around the greatest exponent of the Sufi musical form called “Qawalli,” through the life and work of the Pakistani maestro Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (1948-1997). Using insights from post-colonial theory, cultural studies, ethno-musicology and identity politics, it develops an argument about personhood and religious performance focused on issues of mysticism and experience within the specific liturgical space of the Qawalli.

Anandam (Andy) Kavoori 

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