Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Aayi Kyon Hichkiyaan Nahin Maloom

In loving memory of Ustad Iftekhar Ahmad Nizami sb (grandfather of Subhan Bilal Hilal Qawwal)
we held a small and intimate gathering to recite his favorite poetry.

I hope you will enjoy it as much we did.

Aayi kyon hichkiyan nahin maloom kaun hai meherbaan nahin maloom baykhudi mein bardha raha hun qadam jaa raha hun kahan nahin maloom Jaa raha hun ghaubaar ke peechhe Hai kahan kaarvaan nahin maloom Yaad itna hai barq chamki thii kya huwa aashiyaan nahin maloom Kehte kehte fasaana gham ka saeed, ruk gayii kyon zuban nahin maloom 😍🎼❤️

The folks at The Dream Journey certainly enjoyed the collection of old ghazals that Subhan
had prepared for the baithak. There were six others sung that day and I'm hoping that we
will get to see all of them soon.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Sohnay da Sohna Rauza

As the month of Ramzan approaches many of us like to listen to Naatiya kalam to help put us in the right mood of devotion. This is the lovely new Friday release from The Dream Journey

  Ustad Ameer Ali Khan Murkiyan wale based in Dipalpur, Punjab

I adore his style of singing and cannot get enough <3 nbsp="" p="">

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Tori Surat ke Balihari - Hazrat Amir Khusrau

Habib A Niazi's style of singing focuses on melody
and he manages to get to the essence of the poetry.

the melodious voice of jafar husain khan baduni

Tori surat ke balihari, Nijaam

Sab sakhiyan mein chundar mori mailee,
Dekh hansain nar naari,
Ab ke bahar chundar mori rang de,
Piya rakh lay laaj hamari, Nijaam.
Sadqa baba Ganj-e-Shakar ka,
Rakh lay laaj hamari, Nijaam.
Qutab, Farid mil aaye barati,
'Khusrau' raajdulaari, Nijaam.
Kouo saas kouo nanad say jhagday,
Hamko aas tihaari, Nijaam.
Tori surat ke balihari, Nijaam.



Beholding your appearance, Oh Nijaam
I offer myself in sacrifice.
Amongst all the girls, my scarf is the most soiled,
Look, the girls are laughing at me.
This spring, please dye my scarf for me,
Oh Nijaam, protect my honour.
In the name of Ganj-e Shakar (Nizamuddin Aulia's pir),
Protect my honour, Oh beloved Nijaam.
Qutab and Farid have come in the wedding procession,
And Khusrau is the loving bride, Oh Nijaam.
Some have to fight with the mother-in-law,
While some with sisters-in-law,
But I have you for support, Oh Nijaam.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Ve Saanvaala Na Maar Naina De Teer ~ Ustad Ghulam Farid Nizami & Faraz Nizami

It is rare that one comes across something new that has such an instant appeal.

This recital by Ustad Ghulam Farid Nizami saheb is an amazing example of one such
composition. I wish that the audio had been captured in better quality or at least the tabla
dholak were a bit less prominent. Notwithstanding that, it is such a beautiful tune and the
words have been chosen and sung with care and love for the art.

Vaah vaah Khansaheb kamal ker diya aur mashallah bete ko bhi khoob sikhaya hai. May you
both shine and have success.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Dream Journey – Discovering Musicians Across Pakistan

Contributions may be made at:

Ustad Abdullah Niazi & Waqas Niazi

What began as a whimsical idea quickly took shape with the infectious enthusiasm of participants and was recorded by Mahera Omar as a labor of love. The Dream Journey is an audiovisual project celebrating an exhilarating series of journeys across Pakistan's musical landscape. It has so far recorded 24 musicians in nine different cities mostly in their living environments. 

The sessions of vocal music were recorded and filmed using high quality DSLRs. They cover several musical forms in the Indo Pakistani tradition; Thumri, Kaafi, Ghazal, Qawwali and Khyaal. The kalaams that the musicians drew from ranged the whole spectrum of great poets: Khusrau, Jalal ud din Rumi, Kabir, Baba Bulleh Shah, Waris Shah, Iqbal, Faiz and numerous mystic poets of India and Pakistan. The performances evoked memories of the verdant lushness of the Punjab, the haunting mysticism of the Great Rajputana and Sind Deserts, the vibrancy of Hazrat Nizamuddin’s Delhi, the great aura of Ajmer, the majestic beauty of the Indo-Gangetic plain.
Ustad Farid Ayaz &
Ustad Abu Muhammad

Some of the musicians are established and famous, others are amongst the brilliant budding talent that adorns Pakistan’s musical scene. Each of the mehfils has a distinct atmosphere and mood, but there is a common thread. We asked each of the musicians to stay close to their respective inherited musical traditions, allowing the singers an opportunity to present some pieces that are rarely heard today. 

We are inspired to present the brilliance of this contemporary Pakistani vocal music to a wider audience in musical sessions followed by a documentary film of the journey and a series of HD audio/video releases of each Mehfil. 
Subhan Ahmed Nizami 

The individuals involved in this venture have spent a sizable amount of their personal funds on this project and seek your help to cover future costs of editing, production and publishing of these 
recordings. Please give generously. 

Jointly Produced by:
Taj Muhammad & Shad Muhammad Niazi
Vaqar Ahmed
Asif Hasain
Mian Shaukat Hussain
Arif Ali Khan
Saad Alvi
Mushtaq Ahmed
Musab Bin Noor
Mahera Omar
with assistance from viewers like you.

Contributions may be made via PayPal:

Ahmad Raza, Taj Muhammad & Shad Muhammad Niazi, Subhan Ahmed Nizami, Ustad Abdullah Niazi & Waqas Niazi, Ustad Ameer Ali Khan & Ejaz Ali Khan, Ustad Farid Ayaz & Ustad Abu Muhammad, Ustad Mubarak Ali Khan, Mehfooz Khokhar, Ustad Shoukat Manzoor Ali Khan, Zohaib Hasan, Akbar Ali, Habib Ahmed Qawwal, Shafi M. Faqir, Gulab Afridi, Maulvi Haider Hasan, Qurban Niazi, Salman Adil