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'Delhi should get to feel the purity of Sufi music'

Delhi should get to feel the purity of Sufi music
They enthralled us with Kun faya kun in Rockstar,  and now they are all set to mesmerise Delhiites as weekend sets in. Nizami Bandhu — the group of three who are the darbari singers of the Asthana of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia and and Hazrat Amir Khusro for centuries — will be taking the stage at a city restaurant. Trained in qawwali and classical vocal music, the group belongs to the Sikandra gharana.

Millennium Post caught up with Ustad Chand Nizami, Shadab Faridi Nizami and Sohrab Faridi Nizami. Here are the excerpts:

Tell us something about your music?

Our forefathers have been performing qawwalis and Sufi songs for centuries and since we belong to the Sikandra gharana, we are more than happy to carry our family tradition forward.

What keeps inspiring you?

Our ancestors are our inspiration. We are highly grateful to them as we have inherited this art from them.

What will you be performing in Delhi?

We will be focusing on creating a blissful Sufiyana environment and share some
with the audience. We definitely hope that it will be a magical experience for all.

What experience do you want your listeners to take back home?

We want the listeners to take back home the purity and wholesomeness of Sufi music.

What kind of music do you listen to?

We like listening to qawwali, Sufi and Indian classical music.

You have travelled widely. What has been the most memorable experience?

We have travelled around the world from the United States of America to Europe, but we always love and feel proud to perform in our own country — India.

What do you think of the future of qawwali and classical music in India?

The future of qawwali and classical music in India is very bright as we have seen that the youth is really keen on exploring this genre of music. For instance, our song Kun Faya Kun from Rockstar was highly popular and appreciated.

One essential thing to know about qawwali?

The most essential thing about qawwali is that it is always started with the name of god.

Future plans?

Our future plan is to keep alive the qawwali tradition and hope to see our future generations do the same.


At: Lure, Tavern on Greens, Lado Sarai, Aurobindo Marg
When: 23 November
Timings: 8 pm onwards
Phone: 9810125070
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