Sunday, March 22, 2015

Mere Banne ki Baat Na Poocho - Ustad Manzoor & Abdullah Niazi Qawwal


This lovely recital by Ustad Manzoor & Abdullah Niazi was transcribed 
and eloquently translated by Musab Bin Noor upon Fatima Hamid's request. 





Saturday, March 14, 2015

An Unforgettable Evening of Qawwali


To the intimate and much awaited gathering of listeners of qawwali lovers this Montreal event was rare in it's atmosphere and one that is likely to be remembered for years to come. For all who were present and remember it with yearning and the many, who have heard bits of it, and wish to experience the entire evening remotely I take this opportunity of sharing.

Ustad Farid Ayaz and Abu Muhammad Qawwal Ensemble
Ghar ki Mehfil - Sep 2014
Farid Ayaz & Abu Muhammad were also looking forward to the mehfil and were caught in an unusual reflective mood. Fortuitously the mood continued though the mammoth five hour recital at the end of which the insatiable listeners, though bloated by then, still hadn't had their fill.

The presence of friends who had driven especially from Toronto and Ottawa and one who had even flown from Chicago helped create an ambiance where all were attentive, engaged and genuinely appreciative. Several had come bearing requests and almost all were familiar with the qawwals. Last but certainly not least was the important presence of the good listeners of Montreal including Rajinder, Shrikar and several members of the Kabir Center who helped make it a serious listeners affair of intoxication.

Muslim Harji partnered with the late Omer Salim initially helped create the Montreal scene over many years and really set the stage for HCM lovers. I'm convinced that without their efforts we would not have had such audiences. So a very special thanks to Harji bhai and Nevin behen for being present and also for taking the amazing picture above. It was also a distinct pleasure to be seated next to Biren bhai, my younger son Nadir and my dear friend Arshad Saeed from Ottawa.

The recital began with a melodious and unique Vaaqeya-e-Mairaj that was beautifully wrapped around a tarana. Farid was certain that nobody had heard this before because he had simply composed it on the spot as it were. One could say it was a special aamad and a good omen for what was ahead.

A sweet 38 minute rendition of the Naat Aayi Naseem-e-ku-e-Muhammad  that followed is significant as it begins with a long and delightful tarana preamble and also contains lots of passionate girahbandi. Thanks to Atique for making a special request for it.



On several occasions many were swept away with emotional overload as one of the singers or the listeners wept with tears of pure joy. The younger shagird qawwals, like Moiz, Ghayyur, Hamza Akram, Mustafa, Muhammad Shah and Tehsin are finally coming into their own as singers and staking a claim to the Dilli Qawwal Bachay gharana. Some of us have seen them grow from children to young adults who will hopefully have a bright future if they stay on the path. There are many a distraction on the road to success as they say. Especially so in Pakistan if one tries to stick to the classical form. Bohat kathhin hai dagar panghat ki.

Noteworthy throughout the evening is the frequent use of taranas that were discussed prior to the start.

I hope that it brings you as much joy as it did for me.


the recording was made using an H4N

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Aaram Ke Thay Saathi Kya Kya - Arzoo Lakhnavi

Haji Mehboob Qawwal

Aaram ke thay saathi kya kya, 

Jab waqt parda to koi nahin

Sab dost hein apnay matlab e

duniyan mein kissi ka koi nahin


qataal-e-jehan mashooq jo thay
soonay pardey hein markaz unkey
ya marney walay laakhon thay
ya ronay wala koi nahin

jo baagh tha kal phoolon se bhara
itkheliyon se chalti thi sabah
ab sumbul o gul ka zikr to kya


khaak urdti hai os jaa koi nahin 


~ Arzoo Lakhnavi

Kyon na Ashkbaar Huwa Karoon



Haji Mehboob Qawwal

Kyon na ashkbaar huwa karoon, kyon na beyqaraar raha karoon
Na qaraar aaye tere siva, to tu hi bataa ke mein kya karoon

Mere dil ko dard taa kiya, mujhe dard wala bana diya
Tere shukriya, mairey dilruba, bhala kis tarah se adaa karoon

Mein maroon to tere liye maroon, mein jiyoon to tere liye jiyoon
Tere vaaste meri maut ho, tere vaaste mein jiya karoom

Mere pyarey mujh ko tu hi bataa, ke hai baikali ka ilaaj kya
Koi aans ho to nikkal sakay, koi dard ho to davaa karoon

Mein ne ranj o gham se vudhoo kiya, mein ne kalma tera sanam pardha
Zara baith ja mere saamne, ke namaz-e-ishq adaa karoon

Tujhe fikr-e-darma hai charagar,  mujhe dard apna aziz hai
Ye nishaani di huwi Yaar ki,  bhala kaise tarah se judaa karoon

Mujhe khaadil ulti jo deed ho, to muraad dil ki naseeb ho
Kabhi sadqe jaan-e-azeen karoon, kabhi dil ko apne fida karoun

Kyon na ashkbaar huwa karoon, kyon na beyqaraar raha karoon
Na qaraar aaye tere siva, to tu hi bataa ke mein kya karoon