Thursday, September 23, 2010

bangalore: Qawwali Concert at IIMB - 25 Sept 2010

sep 23rd, 2010

i have always thought of qawwalis as not particularly good musically, with all those silly whirling-dervish mannerisms. 

but thumri... ah, that's different. i have enjoyed the few thumris i heard because of their wistful nature, although i didn't understand the words. 

btw, isn't it funny they talk about 'persian migration to india'. sort of like they came in a tourist bus -- like the Aryan Tourist Theory (TM). how about the truth, 'bloody, violent invasion by persian-speaking barbarian hordes'? 

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From: Spic Macay - IIMB <>
Date: Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 7:31 PM
Subject: Qawwali Concert at IIMB - 25 Sept 2010

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

SPICMACAY IIMB proudly presents, as part of Virasat 2010, a Qawwali performance by the Bandanawazi group from Hyderabad.

Qawwali is a musical manifestation of Sufi mysticism, and traces its origins to 8th Century Persia. The Indian connection came about with the 11th Century Persian migration to South Asia. Qawwali as we know it today is attributed to Amir Khusro Dehelvi – also the father of Hindustani Classical music. The essence of Qawwali is a spiritual quest for divinity. The songs which constitute the qawwali repertoire are mostly in Urdu and Punjabi, and are classified as Hamd – songs in praise of Allah, Naat – in praise of the Prophet Muhammed, Marsiya – lamentations for the dead, ghazals – love songs etc.

The Bandanawazi group is a prominent group of qawwalis in India, led by Ateeq Hussain Khan Bandanawazi, son of the legendary Padma Shree Hajji Iqbal Hussain Bandanawazi, who passed away in June 2010. Ateeqji started performing at the age of 7, and is one of the youngest lead singers at the age of 30. The Bandanawazis hail from Gwalior, and are credited with applying the Thumri, Dadra and Khayal styles apart from qawwali. Accompanying Ateeqji will be Shabaaz Hussain Khan, Saeed Khan, Yaseen Pasha, Asif Hussain Khan and Majid Khan on supporting vocals, Faleebin on Harmonium and Maqsood Ahmed Khan on the Tabla.

Date: 25 September 2010

Venue: IIMB Auditorium

Time: 05:30 - 07:00 PM

Thank you,
Team Spicmacay

1 comment:

ramesh said...

it was actually the 'bloody, violent invasion by turkish-speaking barbarian hordes' not persian.

The only persian invasion was that of nadir shah. persia / iran and india have by large had a peaceful relation. the persians who came to india were basically a talented lot seeking jobs in the courts of the delhi sultans or the mughals and generally welcomed.