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Sufi Music Concerts by Mir Mukhtiyar Ali and party

Shadaj Baithak
21 December, 2008

Mir Mukhtiyar Ali and party presented soulful renditions of sufiana kalaam at the Shadaj baithak in Pushpanjali farms on the morning of 21 December. Mukhtiyar is an outstanding musical talent from the small town of Pugal in Bikaner District, Rajasthan, belonging to the 26th generation of a family of Mir musicians. He is carrying forward the 500 year old tradition of singing Sufi poetry. He sings in Seraiki, Punjabi, Urdu and Sindhi, and is equally proficient in rendering Kafis, Qawallis and Ghazals. He has made pioneering efforts to revive this invaluable tradition within his community. In spite of his own financial hardships, Mukhtiyar has been trying to mobilize others from his community to bring them together and reignite a sense of pride in their identity and music. Continue reading Sufi Music Concerts by Mir Mukhtiyar Ali and party

Sufi Evening – Ashok amphitheatre – Delhi International Arts Festival 2008

Delhi International Arts Festival 2008
21 December, 2008

Mukhtiyar Ali and party performed at the Ashok amphitheatre as a part of the Sufi evening of the prestigious Delhi International Arts Festival. The audience of over four hundred people of different age groups clapped and cheered as the Mirs sang popular songs like Mastkalandar and Chaap Tilak. They also greatly appreciated the renditions of the lesser known kalaams.

Sufi and Bhakti Music Concert – Lok Kala Manch

Lok Kala Manch
18 December, 2008

Manana in collaboration with Lok Kala Manch organized a concert of Sufi and Bhakti music on 18 December, 2008 at Vasuki Auditorium, Lok Kala Manch for a promising young talent of the Mir community, Vasu Khan, and his group. The concert was another step in continuing efforts to encourage the Mirs who, against all odds, are making efforts to continue in music.

Concerts by Mir Vasu Khan and party

Sufi and Bhakti music, Lok Kala Manch
18 December, 2008

Manana in collaboration with Lok Kala Manch organized a concert of Sufi and Bhakti music on 18 December, 2008 at Vasuki Auditorium, Lok Kala Manch for a promising young talent of the Mir community, Vasu Khan, and his group. The concert was another step in continuing efforts to encourage the Mirs who, against all odds, are making efforts to continue in music.

Originally from Pugal, now living in a small hamlet called 1 PB (Pugal Branch), Vasu Khan is a talented youngster with a unique voice and a deep commitment to carrying on the 500 year old tradition of his people. He learnt music from his father, Late Ramzan Khan, a reputed singer of the region. He got an opportunity to hone his talent in a Music camp that the Mirs organized in March, 2006. Using the stipend money he received, he built a small Music Room in his village where he is teaching children from his community.

Vasu Khan also played harmonium, and was accompanied by Shabbir on the tabla, and Rafiq on Dholak while Sattar Khan and Barkat Ali gave him vocal support. Over 150 people attended the programme and were treated to renditions of Kripak karo Maharaj; Khwaja Ghulam Farid’s Kaldi jungle vich and Jhonk ladage yaar na dan; Bulle Shah’s Mainu ishq ullare denda he and Ki jaana main kaun, Buliya; and Meera Bai’s Sanwariyo jadu kar gayo, main kya karoon. Barkat Ali presented the famous Bikaneri maand, Kesariya baalam and a kaafi Baanh fadke saanu vi kanne la ja.

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Delhi International Arts Festival 2008
19 December, 2008

Vasu Khan and party performed Sufi music on 19 December in Miranda House, Delhi University as part of the Youth festival of the Delhi International Arts Festival 2008. The programme opened with their energetic presentation of Sufi songs. The audience mostly comprising of university students greatly appreciated and enjoyed the music.

An evening of Sufi music – India Habitat Centre

India Habitat Centre
6 January, 2008

Manana presented an evening of Sufi music by Mir Mukhtiyar Ali and his troupe at the India Habitat Centre. The evening was attended by over 300 people and was a huge success. Mir Mukhtiyar Ali mesmerised the audience with his soul stirring renditions of compositions by various poets like Sultan Bahu, Khwaja Ghulam Farid and Shah Hussain. Ghulam Hussain ably accompanied him on the tabla, Faqruddin on the harmonium, while Abdul Jabbar and Allah Rakha gave him vocal support.

The most moving quality of his music was his total involvement with the poetry and emotional content depicting the yearning for communion with the divine. It was heartening to see the overwhelming emotional response of the people. After the concert many came forward to extend their support with offers of recordings and concerts to promote the Mirs.