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Sunday, December 03, 2006

Indian qavval breaks new ground

From the Hindustan Times
NOTED QAWWAL Munavvar Masoom Sayeed stole the show on the fourth day at Panchmarhi Utsav on Friday. In his qawwalis the audiences witnessed a touch of Sufi music.



Anonymous Ghazala said...

"witnessed a touch of sufi music" ?
what else is the audience supposed to experience at a qavvali? Perhaps this particular NOTED QAWWAL doesn't know JS (excuse the expletive) about qavvali, and is indulging in misleading his naive audiences by singing pop music with lots of clapping accompanied by loads of tabla calisthenics and head hurling to the beat.
Unfortunately, I have never heard of 'noted qawwal' Munavvar Masoom Sayeed, so I really should'nt comment on his qavvali or whatever it is that passes for qavvali. But sounds like he's the kind of qavval i'd imagine having loads of long unkempt curly hair crowning his head and beads of all sizes and colours aplenty around his neck.
Another possibility, maybe the correspondent of the Hindustan Times covering the event, didn't know what else to say about the gent and his group.

04 December, 2006 21:43

Blogger Sidhusaaheb said...

Here in India, the qawwalis that one gets to listen to may be categorised into those in the praise of the Prophet, Sufiana qalaam and those in the form of romantic poetry. There are a number of mazaars of Sufi saints where one gets to listen to qawwalis that fall into the first two categories and the last one can be savoured, generally, in private mehfils. There are audio cassettes and CDs available, of course, of various local artistes, apart from those from Pakistan.

06 December, 2006 00:07

Anonymous Ghazala said...

@sidhusaaheb, with due respect, ( I am admittedly NOT any kind of authority on this genre of music), but Qavvali does comprise of Hamd, Naat, (praises of God and the Prophet), Qaul (in Praise of Hazrat Ali) and renderings of the works of sufi saints and ghazals as well, but in no way does evoking 'a touch of sufi music 'BREAK NEW GROUND'.

06 December, 2006 06:19

Blogger Sidhusaaheb said...

@ghazala: Point taken!


07 December, 2006 02:31

Blogger Maleeha said...

lol how did i miss this post earlier? hahaha it just made me laugh out loud! :D

09 May, 2007 23:58

Blogger mahboob said...

History Of Qawwal Niaz
Niazi Brothers (Abdullah Manzoor Niazi Qawal & Makhmoor Ahmed Niazi Qawwal) belongs to a family of Delhi Gharana. Mr. Abdullah Manzoor Niazi was born at Karachi on 1960. The father of Niazi Brothers Mr. Haji Manzoor Ahmed Khan Niazi was born in Delhi, India in 1922. He is a renowned Qawal of Indo-Pak. The Grand-Father of him was Haji Mir Qutub bukhsh famous as Tan Ras Khan Sahib Rehmatullah, who was the teacher of the last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar. He was awarded the title of Tan Ras and Nawab Atamad ul Mulk by the said Emperor, which is indicated by history. He was also legal advisor to the emperor.
Hazrat Amir Khusroo Rehmatullah who was the founder of Qawali and other arts, and also who had arranged a group of 12 children which was proved by history as Qawal Bachay. The leader of this Qawal Bachay was Mian Samat Nizami Rehmatullah and he was special student of Hazrat Amir Khusroo and he was the Grand-Father of Mian Tan Ras Khan Sahib Rehmatullah from him the Gharana of Singer started, which is reputed "by history as Delhi Gharana, except this there is no other Singer of Delhi Gharana in the universe".
Niazi Brother Grand-Father who we before Mian Samat Nizami and came to India with Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti Rehmatullah Elahe, who is famous as Mian Nigahi Mian Dargahi , who has the honour to be Murid and Qawal of Khawaja Sahib, one Masjid "Nigahi Dargahi Masjid" is still today at Dargah Bazar , Ajmer in his name, in this connection and services of Mian Tan Ras Khan Sahib, he had awarded one room at Ajmer Kalir, and Dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin Delhi, separately, which is still existed there today.

Niazi Brother's father Haji Ahmed Khan Niazi Sahib is the only Qawal of Indo-Pak Subcontinent who first in the fourteen century history in 1970 at Madina Tayeba proved through discussion that Music is right in Islam and by the permission of Imam Madina Abdul Aziz Bin Saleh he at Madina performed publicly infront of Mazare Aqdas with the Musical instruments and sing Qawali in Arabia style and the public enjoyed this.

Quaid-e-Azam gave him the title of Bulbal-e-Deccan at Bombay on 1937. Haji Manzoor Niazi Sahib was granted Civil and Military Award in Different periods. The main titles are Malik-ul-qawal, Haseen Ragi, Shahinshah-e-Qawali, Pasban-e-Qawali, Raees-e-Qawali, Bulbul-e-Bagh-e-Nizam-o-Sabir, Manzoor Ahmed Khan Niazi for a long period remained with the Darbar of Nizam Hyderabad Deccan and he was given special considration by Nizam Hyderabad.

Niazi Brothers got this art of Qawali by their father Haji Manzoor Ahmed Khan Niazi. In this way this art is continued to exist since 9 hundred through generation to generation.
Niazi Brothers had visited several countries of the World and showed their performance. They represented themselves as Pakistani and raised the name of Country.

Although Niazi Brother are working with father since their childhood but since 1986 November, have established a party in their name. The countries they visited are Africa, England, Norway, Denmark, U.S.A., Sweden, Canada, Middle East, Far-East, Far-East, India, Bangladesh.

The Niazi Brother are honored the TITLE of DYNAMIC NIAZI BROTHERS by Africa.

17 November, 2007 04:55


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