Join us for a Qavvaali Mehfil, by Subhan Ahmed Nizami, on Saturday, May 19 (doors open at 9:30 PM), for the Week-One performance of our Ramzan Qavvali Series at T2F!
Subhan Ahmed Nizami is a descendant of the prestigious “Qavvaal Bachon Ka Gharana”, which is the original family/household of Qavvali music, founded in Delhi by the students of the Sufi saint Hazrat Amir Khusro in the 14th century. Some years after the family migrated to Pakistan, the Manzoor Nizami qavvaali group was formed, featuring cousins Munshi Raziuddin, Ustad Bahauddin Khan, Ustad Manzoor Niazi and Subhan’s grandfather, Ustad Iftikhar Ahmed Nizami.
As the families grew and reached almost 50 members, each Ustad formed his own qavvaali troupe, adding to the wealth of the gharana’s heritage. Ustad Iftikhar Ahmed Nizami, the eldest cousin and the great-great grandson of Ustad Tanrus Khan, was extremely versatile and was blessed with a beautiful voice. His Radio Pakistan performances were highly sought after concerts that people would go out of their way to attend. His son, Ustad Afaq Ahmed Nizami was the family librarian, a specialist of Farsi kalaam, and an exemplary practitioner of classical music.
After his father, Ustad Afaq Ahmed Nizami’s passing in 1999, Subhan Ahmed Nizami, barely 18, formed his own qavvaali group to continue the legacy of his forefathers. In addition to performing in Pakistan, Subhan Ahmed Nizami’s qavvali troupe has taught the art of qavvaali to French students of ethnomusicologist, Martina Catella and performed to sold-out audiences at international festivals.
Date: Saturday, 19th May 2018
Time: 10:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Rs. 500/- First come, first served at the door