Friday, August 21, 2015

The Dream Journey – Discovering Musicians Across Pakistan




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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 labour of love. The Dream Journey is a film about an exhilarating eight day journey of five friends with a shared passion for discovering and recording musicians in their living environments in Pakistan. 


The six sessions of vocal music recorded and filmed using high quality DSLRs 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 a 90 minute documentary film of the journey followed by a series of HD audio/video releases of each Mehfil.
The individuals involved in this venture have spent a sizable amount of their personal funds on this project and seek your help to cover the cost of editing, production and publishing of the 

film and the audio recordings. Please give generously by clicking on the Donate button below. 
Taj Muhammad & Shad Muhammad Niazi


Featuring:

Mustafa Khan & Muhammad Shah
Hamza Akram
Moiz and Ghayoor Ahmed
Ahmad Raza
Taj Muhammad & Shad Muhammad Niazi
Subhan Ahmed Nizami
Ustad Abdullah Niazi & Waqas Niazi
Ustad Ameer Ali Khan & Imran Ali Khan
Ustad Farid Ayaz & Ustad Abu Muhammad
Ustad Mubarak Ali Khan
Subhan Ahmed Nizami 

Jointly Produced by:

Vaqar Ahmed
Asif Hasnain
Arif Ali Khan
Zain Mujtaba
Musab Bin Noor
Mahera Omar

with assistance from viewers like you.

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13 comments:

Tahir Faridi Qawwal said...

Vah, wonderful project can't wait for the film. Honoured to contribute.
- Tahir Faridi Qawwal

farrokh namazi said...

How beautifully this has been made. Maheri, thank you, excellent, excellent and beyond excellent. The whole production, rural and inner urban scenes, the actual abode of the musicians. Wonderful.

Neeraj Rohilla said...

Many thanks for posting the trailer.
Do you know when would it be released or how to get a copy of it?

With regards,
Neeraj Rohilla

pybb said...

this trailer is incredible! Beams with warmth and empathy.
Same question : when and how will it be released?
All the best from France !
Pierre-Yves

Tasawwuf said...

Dear Pierre-Yves,

Thank you for your kind comments. It is wonderful that you feel the infectious energy of the Dream Journey. This shows, once again, that music melts the boundaries between peoples.

It is most exciting to share this and present a vibrant Pakistani culture that seems to be so easily overlooked in these troubled times.

As we have mentioned, we are trying to raise money to complete the production of the documentary series and we would really appreciate the support of friends and enthusiasts.

We hope to complete the film for open public release by the end of this year, but our success depends entirely on the funding situation.

Once again thank you for your good wishes.

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Tasawwuf said...

As we have mentioned, we are trying to raise money to complete the production of the documentary series and we would really appreciate the support of friends and enthusiasts.

We hope to complete the film for open public release by the end of this year, but our success depends entirely on the funding situation. Thank you for your comment.

Tasawwuf said...

Dear Farrokh, Thank you for your infectious remarks. Indeed Mahera has done a fine job and that too while volunteering her time for a good cause.

We were trying to raise funds for the final production and would appreciate any contribution from friends and music lovers. Much love. Arif


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Rahat Kurd said...

Hello, adaab from Vancouver, BC. My name is Rahat. I am a writer working on an article about Qawwali music. I would love to talk to the creator(s) of this Sufi Music site. kurdrahat@gmail.com. Bohut shukriyah.

Mame Khan said...

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Mame Khan said...

Mame Khan is a name that finds special mention and great respect among the folk music and best live fusion band Rajasthan. He is the great famous Rajasthani singer who sings a wide repertoire of traditional Folk- and Sufi songs.
For more details please visit -

http://www.mamekhan.com/mame-khan.html