Dazzling evening of Qawwali
- Deepika Nayar
Event : Qawwali by Nizami Brothers
Featuring : The Nizami brothers
Venue : India Habitat Centre, Delhi
Date : 22 September, 2010
The descendants of the very celebrated family Nizami Qawwal have been performing for the last 700 years. And after a long time ago, it was Delhi’s turn once again. The Nizami brothers (Tahir Ali, Mahir Ali, and Shakir Ali Nizami) who are based in Pakistan showered down the city with their admirable melodies.
The Nizami brothers are one of the most famous Qawwali Singers, in the Sufi style, Aastana Gayaki as well as the modern Qawwali tradition.
Having trained in both Qawwali and classical vocal music, their tunes were exceptionally earthy. As soon as they started singing ‘Chaap Tilak Sab Cheeni’, it was clear that Nizami brothers have the knack to sing in different languages including Hindi, Urdu, Purbi, Persian, and Punjabi. Their pronunciation of complicated words was as accurate as their father’s.
On the other hand, their song ‘Khwaja Ka Aastana’ was an attestation that Qawwali is a form of devotional singing ramified in to Khayal singing embedded in the numinous folklore of the Sufis where there is an influential strength of mind.
Conversely, their songs such as ‘Tumari Bari Sarkar’, ‘Kripa Karo Maharaj’, ‘Itna Karam toh Kiya’ and ‘Kya Shaan Hai Mera’ were as in-depth as their elocution.
It was a special experience on the whole to witness their dazzling music live and anyone who has been listening to them on cassettes or CDs would have felt the same way. Similarly, the crowd seemingly enjoyed their engagement with Qawwali singing. It was a great emotion to observe that music still stands firm between the two fellow countries in dispute, without any difference in opinions.