India – Pakistan Qawwals Join for Music Festival

Reviving the rich tradition of Sufi music and the legacy of Amir Khusrau, qawwals from across the subcontinent will render the compositions of the legendary scholar at the place where he lived and worked in the 13th century.
    
A 10-day long musical and literary festival, Jashn-e- Khusrau, will bring together over 50 qawwals from India and Pakistan — an exclusive assembly with different dargah affiliations, with each performing a repertoire of Amir Khusrau’s kalaam in their distinctive style.
    
Besides remembering the 13th century Sufi legend, the festival also aims to revive a monument, that has been recently restored and landscaped.
    
To be held at the Chausanth Khamba here — the Mughal period tomb, the festival is the first event to be held at the complex that has been recently landscaped and restored by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.
    
Jashn-e-Khusrau brings together authentic qawwali singers from India and Pakistan who traditionally perform in Chistiya dargahs across the Indian subcontinent and their repertoires for the festival are based entirely on the Persian and Hindavi compositions of the celebrated poet, musician and scholar.
    
“We could have done it anywhere — there are so many monuments in the capital — but the idea is to revive a dead monument by preparing it for performances that were once its tradition,” said Ritish Nanda, Project Director at the Trust.

Source: Hindustan Times

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