Sirf Qawwali


For a lifetime spent scavenging the corners of world wide web for qawwali ,there’s no better reward than a live performance. I do realize there are thousands of wandering souls which could kill if not die reading about the extravaganza.

Delhi is an amazing city, especially in spring. It is musically alive and breathes for couple of months. All you need to enjoy all that is free and awesome is a friend with right kind of connections, a friend who is equally enthusiastic if not more about music. Well, a friend indeed is a friend in need.

Yesterday was another fine Saturday morning in Delhi with clear skies, the perfect weather for an outdoor musical concert in evening. Jashn-e-Khusrau, the ten day long musical festival ended a week ago. Artists from across sub continent performed in events that were spread across venues. It was probably the largest classical music event with great performances by Ustad Naseer-ud-Din Saami, Ustad Shujat Khan, Ustad Shahid Pervez Khan, Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan and Tahira Sayeed.

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Alif Allah Wariso

Alif Allah
Ratta Dil Mera
Bay di samaj na kaai
Be-Padhyan Kuj samaj na aave
Lazaat alif di aayi
Ain and Gain da farq na jaana
Gal Alif samajhayi
Alif Allah
Bullah Kaul Alif de pooray
Dil di karan safai

My heart is filled with oneness

Of a second, I comprehend nothing
I fail to read beyond beyond Alif.
For I can only savor  Alif
I know nothing of difference between ain and gain(seen and unseen),
Alif explains so

Alif reveals the complete truth
to the hearts filled with purity

(For many who asked what does the picture signify.
More insights here)