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Alliance Française Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Apr 15
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As part of the South Asia Series, Salt Arts presents, Hamza Akram Qawaal and Brothers. 

These are men who represent the young voices of Karachi’s space within the realm of Qawaali. They belong to the 26th generation of Qawaals who trace their lineage to Sufi poet, mystic and musician Hazrat Amir Khusro. Hamza who is now the leader of his young troupe says, ‘Keeping the family tradition alive is a necessity, but catering to the modern-day listener is the need of the hour. Qawaali loses its purpose if people don’t get the message.’ In the search for a contemporary view of his own music, he enrolled to study Western musical theory with Pakistani keyboardist and saxophone player Leonard Massey, at the National Academy of Performing Arts in Karachi. Hamza has engaged in multiple cross-border collaborations including the ‘Borderless Skies’ project launched by Mahesh Bhatt, as well as a trance track in collaboration with DJ Damian Lazarus. He currently serves as the music director for upcoming Pakistani film Rangreza, the music for which is yet to be released. Hamza Akram produced and released his first album Sada-e-Sufi in India with the endorsement and support of Times Music India. The brothers reside in Karachi's Qawaal Galli and perform accross the region. 

Rs.1000 per person 
Genre: Contemporary Qawaali, Sufi devotional music of South Asia

Special mention to our creative collaborator Khaula Jamil, who has worked with our team to incorporate her 'God is Painting' photo series with this campaign. At Salt Arts we believe in cross genre collaboration and the power of inter-disciplinary arts. 

Beautiful stories that inspire South Asia today: 
Delhi's Sufi saint Amir Khusro Dehlavi of the Chishtiya order of Sufis is credited with fusing the Persian, Arabic, Turkish, and Indian musical traditions in the late 13th century in India to create Qawaali as we know it today. 

The year was AD 1325, Nizamuddin Auliya was buried in the courtyard of Muhammad Tughlaq’s Jamaat Khana according to his wishes, with half the city of Delhi in attendance, tears welling their eyes, shrieks of grief filling the air. When Khusro heard, he came rushing back to Delhi, but Nizamuddin had given clear instructions to be followed after his death – Khusro was not to be allowed to come near his grave, for he feared that his body would forget the laws of the mortal world and break open the grave to embrace his beloved disciple Khusro. 
Khusro was to be buried close to Nizmauddin and if any devotee wanted to pay respects to Nizamuddin after his death, would have to first offer his salaam at Khusro’s grave. Bereaved, Khusro respected his master’s last wish, did not go near the grave and mourned for his Nizam, himself wishing to die soon. Six months later he passed away and was buried close to Nizamuddin in the courtyard of the Jamaat Khana built by the Sultan. Hazrat Amir Khusro’s tomb is the first thing that comes into view as soon as one enters the grounds of the tomb. He wrote upon setting eyes on his beloved’s grave…
“Gori sove sej par, Mukh par daley kes; Chal Khusrau ghar aapnay, saanjh bhaee chahu desh” / The fair maiden rests on a bed of roses, her face covered with a lock of hair; Khusro – return, go home now, as darkness has settled on the world.

Contact Details

Contact. 0301-2651079, 0316-2805773
[email protected]

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