Waee Singers - MITHA KHAN, SUMAR KADU & JAAN MOHAMMAD JAT
Mitha Khan Jat, Sumar Kadu Jat and Jaan Mohammad Jat are proponents of possibly one of the rarest music genres in India – the Waai. Residents of the village of Bhagadia in Kutch, Gujarat, Mitha, Sumar and Jaan Bhai are descendants of the Jat Muslims from Baluchistan who traversed the rugged terrain and colossal distances through Sindh and brought this invaluable genre to Kutch in Gujarat.
The poetry expressed through the Waai is that of the legendary Sufi poet Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai of Sindh, in a musical form sometimes ascribed to the famous Sufi poet, Rumi. It is sung here to the accompaniment of the 5-stringed 'dambooro', which is said to be the creation of Shah Latif Bhitai himself. The Waai is preceded by the singing of 'beyts', which are shorter verses sung without rhythm.