The subtleties...the quickening of pace towards the end, the erratic yet distinct whirring of the typical Quwalli instrument, the subtle similarities and differences to a typical Hindustani Classical song, the chorus singing, and the life in it.
Another class of music I enjoy is Sufi. Not heard too many, but I always have liked them. I remember visiting Muinuddin Chishti as a kid, some 10 odd yrs old, and there were Sufis there, singing in their hoarse voices, yet so musical. I still like Sufi music. And the new variants which come under 'Fusion' class are also entrancing.
Ghazals. I grew up on a certain cassette of Pankaj Udhas. I always found his voice 'smiling'...wierd, but listening to him gives the impression to me that he is smiling while singing, no matter how sad the song. Thats almost the only interest in his songs. Jagjit Singh ... hmm I like his songs in small dozes, once in a while. But Ghulam Ali, Farida Khannum, sure do make me listen. Again the classical touch I guess!
So much for some of the Indian Music i enjoy. LIke I always maintain, I unconsciously find myself enjoying music with passion in it. And as i finish this post, I see all the above mentioned are passionate to say the least. Simple, vocals based, usually sung withe love for the song itself, of not the idea.
Everyone should listen to Aaj Jane ki Zid na karo (Farida Khanuum), Hazaron Khwahishein Aisi (Farida Khanuum version), CHupke Chupke Raat Din (Ghulam Ali), Hungama hain jkyon barpa (Ghulam Ali), Noor-un-ala, aaya tere dar par, Yeh Ishq ishq hai, Duma dum mast kalandar, Nusrats originals of Mera piya ghar aya, and so on...
I guess these are also songs where the beauty of the verse also plays a role...the words themselves increase th eimportance of the way the verse is sung, it is actually complete music, where all entities are entwined.