|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|
Mustafa Khan & Muhammad Shah
Moiz and Ghayoor Ahmed
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:
Arif Ali Khan
Musab Bin Noor
with assistance from viewers like you.
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