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Niazi Brothers

By December 5, 2023April 15th, 2024Delhi, Documentations

“The Niyazis at the Nizamuddin Dargah”

The Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, located in Delhi, India, is a revered Sufi shrine that attracts devotees, tourists, and scholars alike. It is dedicated to the 13th-century Sufi saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, who was a prominent figure in the Chishti order of Sufism. One of the most captivating and cherished traditions at the Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah is the qawwali performances that take place regularly. Qawwali is a form of devotional music rooted in Sufi traditions, known for its soul-stirring melodies and powerful lyrics that celebrate the divine and seek a connection with the higher realm. The qawwali forms that are held in the courtyard of the dargah, creates an enchanting atmosphere for all the listeners. There are days when the qawwali sessions go on the whole night, transporting all the listeners to another realm altogether. If you are in Delhi, make sure you head to the revered dargah and experience the magic of qawwali.

Niyazi Brothers, a qawwali ensemble from Delhi, has a long history of singing and performing qawwali. When we asked them, “Aapne kin jagaon main shows kiye hai,” they playfully responded “Aap ye puchiye hamne kaha performance nahi kiya hai,” such is their heritage. Because of their upbringing in a traditional qawwali household, where they witnessed their parents and all family members refining their qawwali skills since childhood. They shared that they grew up listening to qawwali and learning by simply observing. This actually helped them perfect the artform, and it reflects in their performances. With a penchant for captivating audiences, they entwine the intricacies of qawwali, guiding listeners to dance harmoniously to its cadence. A symphony of energy and rhythm, the Niyazi Brothers unite all in their qawwali tapestry.

Hrisha Rashmi (Volunteer)

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