Sunday June 14, 2020

Dear Friends, 

If you like classical as well as folk music of Indian subcontinent, you must like qawwali. If you appreciate soulful poetry in Urdu, Farsi, Hindi, Poorabi, Brij, and Punjabi, qawwali is for you. And, if you subscribe to the non-ritualistic religion of love, qawwali is your forte!

SIA’s pick of the week features traditional qawwali by Farid Ayaz, Abu Mohammed ensemble.

The attached video performance of Amir Khusro’s ‘mein nijjam se naina lagaa ayee re’ by Farid Ayaz and Abu Mohammed ensemble is a testimonial to what qawwali is all about.

I am honored to call these qawaals my friends and for having arranged their US tour. This video comes with their personal greetings for the Houston audience.

 If you like this music and would like SIA to invite these qawwalis to Houston, please drop me a line.

Musically yours,

Hari Dayal

Executive Director, SIA

Main Nijaam Se Naina’ by Farid Ayaz & Abu Mohammed (2009)