The Nagore Faqirs are an austere group of men in the tradition of the original 404 disciples who followed the Saint of Nagore, Sayyid ‘Abdul Qadir. They lead wandering lives, singing their way into the hearts and souls of people with devotional odes. Come the anniversary of the Saint of Nagore, they converge at the mausoleum of their spiritual guide where colourful festivities abound.
As puritanical beliefs began to take a grip in the Muslim communities of South India in the later part of the 20th century, these mendicants became increasingly ostracised. Their practices were condemned and their lifestyle censured by the “methodologically-challenged” claimants to the position of “saviours-of-Islam”. As a result, the Nagore Faqirs slowly faded from the scene.
Following the Asian tsunami of 2004, the Nagore Faqirs were discovered by a group of humanitarian activists and music enthusiasts who wanted to capture the sounds of the tsunami ravaged lands. The “Laya Project” was born and the Nagore Faqirs’ spectacular renaissance began. They released the widely acclaimed “Nagore Sessions” and sang to worldwide audiences spreading a message of peace, hope and love.
The following are some of their renditions: