“Sanu Ek Pal Chain & Tu Maane Ya Na Maane” have been sung by countless singers over the past half millennia; by joining the chorus of devotional vocalists, Dhaval continues the transcendent tradition of communing with the divine.
Dhaval Kothari performs a stirring mashup rendition of two Sufi qawwali love songs, “Sanu Ek Pal Chain” and “Tu Maane Ya Na Maane.” Qawwli is a form of devotional Sufi music that centers around the themes of love, devotion, and longing for the divine, and is believed to have the power to heal, to reveal the face of god to practitioners, and to elevate consciousness through its trance inducing lyrics and melodies.
While “Tu Maane Ya Na Maane” was made famous by the Wadali Brothers, “Sanu Ek Pal Chain” was immortalized by Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. More recently, “Sanu Ek Pal Chain” was featured in the Bollywood hit, Raid and recast as a love song. The way Dhaval has sung the songs, they sound like neither the classic qawwali versions, nor the equally distinctive Bollywood one. Instead, he has taken the middle path and created a contemporary mashup that is very authentic and heartfelt. His use of traditional Indian string and percussive instruments respects the songs' origins, but by adding filter effects, string pads, and vocal processing he has imbued it with a Western aesthetic and given it a really nice modern vibe.
Not only are the two songs seamlessly stitched and the instrumentation melodic and upbeat, Dhaval’s singing is beautifully expressive in conveying a deep sense of yearning. “Sanu Ek Pal Chain & Tu Maane Ya Na Maane” have been sung by countless singers over the past half millennia; by joining this chorus of masterful vocalists, Dhaval continues the transcendent tradition of communing with the divine.