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.

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trans: http://www.angelfire.com/sd/urdumedia/lyrics.html

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



dreamjourneyfilm@gmail.com



Contributions may be made at:
PayPal: goo.gl/4VXB0D

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.



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Featuring:
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  








Sunday, February 12, 2017

Bahauddin Qawwal and Party - 1974 EMI LP


On a cold November evening I returned late from work to find two boxes filled with old LPs and Cassettes simply dropped off at my doorstep. No hint of who the generous donor was. Everything within seemed in mint condition. No dust and all labeled and properly maintained by someone who had an obvious love for the contents. A day later however I got a text message from my biking buddy explaining where he acquired them from and how he thought I'd be  the best person to make good use of them :-D

This 1974 EMI Pakistan LP is the second of the LPs that I have digitized so far. The recordings in it quickly demonstrates how different qawwali used to be forty years ago. The style of singing is contained and measured and has fewer intense climaxes. The focus is more on building a mood around the verses and allowing the listener time to take in the words. I particularly enjoyed  the Kirpa Karo Maharaj and Aya Banna Aya Hariyala Bana Aya. Noteworthy is the use of instruments other than the harmonium.



Monday, January 23, 2017

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.


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.