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Qawwali by Meraj Ahmed and Party

Meraj Ahmed and Party

These are items of Sufi qawwali performed by Meraj Ahmed and his party. Meraj Ahmed is attached to the dargah of the Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya, where he regularly performs. He is of the Chishtiya sect, the followers of Saleem Chishti. Qawwali is performed at the dargah and at the shrines of Sufi saints as well as in Sufi mehfils, which are performances commissioned elsewhere. The structure and order of the songs vary in both of these contexts. This is an attempt to represent, in the prescribed order, the variety of the songs sung in a Qawwali performance.

Meraj Ahmad Nizami, Bulbul-e-Chisht, normally known as Meraj, is the most senior among the descendants of Tan Ras Khan, the famous nineteenth-century court singer. "Nizami" indicates his attachment to the saint Nizamuddin Auliya, while "Bulbul-e-Chisht" is his honorific title conferred upon him by the late Khwaja Hasan Nizami, who was a famous Sufi sheikh. (Source: Qureshi, Regula Burckhardt, 1986. Sufi music of India and Pakistan: Sound, Context and meaning in Qawwali, Cambridge University Press. Cambridge Studies in Ethnomusicology.)

Track Listing

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Naghma-e-Quddusi Meraj Ahmed and Party 2:03
102
Hamd - Khushk tar o khushk chob o Meraj Ahmed and Party 7:21
103
Na't Shareif- Jahan roshan asth Meraj Ahmed and Party 3:21
104
Manqabat - Batufail-e-daman-e-Murtaza Meraj Ahmed and Party 11:48
105
Manqabat - Tori surat ke balihari Meraj Ahmed and Party 6:00
106
Panchayati Qaul - Man kunto Maula Meraj Ahmed and Party 12:43
107
Qaul - Lata mafi hal-e-wajhul Meraj Ahmed and Party 4:31
108
Rang - Aj rang hai Meraj Ahmed and Party 5:38
109
Ghazal am - Ye kisne nigahon se sagar pilaye Meraj Ahmed and Party 10:07
110
Ghazal firaq - Eri sakhi more piya ghar aye Meraj Ahmed and Party 7:24
111
Wahadat-ul-ujud - Koi ho ho na ho na ho Meraj Ahmed and Party 7:17
112
Geet - Chhaap tilak sab chheenee re Meraj Ahmed and Party 12:51
113
Mubarak - Aaj badhawa Meraj Ahmed and Party 11:42
114
Salaam - Saba basuye madina rokun Meraj Ahmed and Party 8:44
115
Bhajan - Kanhaiya yad hai kuch bhi hamari Meraj Ahmed and Party 3:32
116
Hori - Shyam sundar tohse khelungi hori Meraj Ahmed and Party 20:11

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