Kya Shaan Hai Mere Khwaha Ki

Qawwali is a devotional form of music, prevalent among the sufis. The lyrics are in praise of Allah, Prophet Mohammad, members of Prophet's family or renowned Sufi saints. It is written in Persian, Urdu and Hindi and is composed in a specific raga. Qawwali is usually sung in a group, with one or two lead singers. Originally it was sung to the beat of the daff. However, now the Qawwali singing is accompanied by the dholak, tabla, manjira and the harmonium. Traditionally, qawwali is performed outside the shrines of Sufi saints on their birth or death anniversaries. Several theories exist for the evolution of Qawwalis in India. According to one, qawwali evolved from qaul, a form of vocal music similar to the tarana. Amir Khusro is believed to have incorporated meaningful words into the qaul, which over a period of time developed into qawwali. According to another belief, qawwali originated in Persia in the 10th century AD with the emergence of the Chisti order of Sufism. It was brought to India in the 12th century.  The Sabri brothers, Aziz Nazaan, Aziz Mian, Late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Late Aziz Warisi are important names in qawwali singing in the Indian sub-continent. Daler Mehndi with the launch of his music company DRecords, takes upon himself this arduous task to breathe a new lease of life to the old traditional music of India. He  in his effort to revive different genres of music has released number of albums under his banner ranging from ghazals,qawwalis,folk,devotional,Punjabi pop etc, which caters to the needs of the more lively teenage audiences to the more sober, music listening adults. He has already released albums with acclaimed artists like Zaki-Zakir, Gulam Farid-Chand Nizami etc. Now with his endeavor to promote and nurture new and upcoming talent, he promises to bring real talent to the fore even from the remotest of places and gives them a platform to perform and reach out to large audiences. We can only hope that with us the golden age of traditional qawwali will return, bringing with it a fresh perspective, enthusiasm and talented artistes.