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Remembering the Big Man: Rahat Ali Khan and Michael Brooks

An interesting album with some truly moving and exhilarating performances. As I mentioned in my most recent article for Scroll.in it was through a remix of one of Nusrat’s… 597 more words


Yeh he mehkadah yahan rind hain lyrics

(A note: I am transliterating ے as ‘e’ so words like ہے are transliterated as ‘he’, کے as ‘ke’, etc. I am doing this to standardize the lyrics going forward. 879 more words



is the traditional form of urdu poetry/Islamic song found in India and Pakistan.  The word qawwali is derived from the Arabic word Qaol which means “axiom” or “dictum”.  1,043 more words


A Tapestry of Sacred Music 2016

Oh, we had a divine time this weekend at The Esplanade’s current performing arts festival, A Tapestry of Sacred Music! I saw two ticketed performances, … 833 more words


Exploring Qawwali

I was treated like a formal guest and was given a seat in the first row, immediately before the qawwals. So it was like one to one, since the rest of the audience had disappeared in the background. 70 more words


Working it's Mehrangarh magic

One of the legacies of my enjoyment of the Rohail Hyatt years at Coke Studio is that I found that I enjoyed, amongst the range of fusions on offer, the Qawwali style of music and singing. 455 more words

The Cork Board

Our Beloved Khwaja: Ghulam Sabir and Ghulam Waris Nizami

I have only visited Ajmer, India’s, and arguably the sub-continent’s most revered Sufi pilgrimage site, once. It was a quick ‘look see’ en route from Pushkar to Jaipur and a visit that frustrated more than satisfied me.   443 more words


Nate Rabe reblogged this on njrabe and commented:

Joyous qawwali from Ajmer Sharif