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The Department of culture is conducting a program of sufi qawwali at the Ravindra Bharathi Lawns. The melodious renditions will be performed by numerous well-known qawwals who have assembled in the city for the event. The schedule for the program is as follows:
2005-12-01: Shaheen And Party
2005-12-01: Adil Hussain And Party
2005-12-01: Tahseen Hussain And Party
2005-12-01: Ehsan Hussian And Party
Legend has it that the sufi qawwali singing was started by a man who was deaf and dumb, and who was miraculously cured by a sufi saint. He became one of the first disciples of Amir Khusrau, the famous Persian musican and poet who came to India during the 14th century.
Qawwali is sung by a group composed of a leader singer assisted by one, two or three of his best students. A choir (composed of the other students) adds strength to the music. The rhythm is underlined by the traditional dholak and a harmonium.
This sufi qawwali event is being hosted in conjunction with the Department of Culture's Urdu programs.