Nagpurians soak in Sufi music
The intensity of Sufi music along with its beauty and impassioned vocals left the audience in awe as world renowned Nizami brothers performed at the programme ‘Sufi Night’ in the city on Sunday evening. The programme was organised by Lokmat Samachar at Dr Vasantrao Deshpande Hall.
Sufi music holds a special place in peoples’ hearts and Nizami Brothers made the evening enchanting with their soulful qawwali renditions as the audience swayed to the tunes and got soaked in the Sufi atmosphere. Ustad Chand Nizami, Shadab Faridi and Sohrab Faridi Nizami (Nizami Brothers) set the tone for the musical extravaganza with the lines ‘Banake tujhko maula, khud ko banda kar liya maine; ye mehenga ho ya sasta, ab to sauda kar liya maine; koi pukare allah tujhko, koi kahe bhagwan; jiske man ko jaisa bhaye, vaisa tera naam’ meaning ‘I had a deal with God where the Almighty is everything to me while I am his disciple. Even though there are numerous names given to the Supreme power, he is the same for all’.
Ustad Chand’s sons Kamran and Gulkhan were also present as a part of the performing team, carrying forward the 750-year-old legacy of Sufi music.
The audience turned up in large numbers to witness the Sufi musical fiesta by the noted names and one of the most famous qawwals of Bollywood, Nizami Brothers. They presented the famous ‘Allah ho, Allah hoo’ and left the audience absolutely spellbound.
Nizami Brothers are known for performing qawwali written by the famous poet Amir Khusro in honour of Nizamuddin Auliya. Ustad Chand presented Khusro’s timeless ‘Chhap tilak sab cheeni’. Starting on a soaring note, he passed it on to his nephews Shadab and Sohrab to take it to a higher pitch. Nizami brothers then infused some patriotism in the air by presenting the song ‘Har karam apna karenge’ from the hit movie ‘Karma’, followed by another popular number ‘Mere rashke qamar’ to the delight of the youths seated in the audience.
A famous Sufi song from the movie Jodha Akbar ‘Khwaja mere khwaja’ was also presented at the programme by the Brothers. They received huge applause from the audience and more than that, they captivated the audience.
Ustad Chand remembered Tajuddin Baba as they were here in Nagpur and presented Sufi music dedicated to him. Chand said, “We perform at a lot of places but coming to Nagpur has a different experience. We feel connected to the city.” They presented ‘Hum na chhodenge baba Taj ka dar’ qawwali followed by the song ‘Kun Faya Kun.’ Nizami Brothers appeared in the song Kun Fayakun in the film Rockstar, performing at the Nizamuddin Dargah, along with actor Ranbir Kapoor.
Musical accompaniment was provided by Ishtiyaq Ahmed on Banjo, Nazim Ahmed on Tabla, Zeeshan Khan and Mohammed Shoeb on Dholak, Kaisar Ahmed supported with chorus. They concluded the performance with ‘Damadam mast kalandar’ song. Gulkhan played Dholak at the end.
The welcome speech was given by editor of Lokmat Samachar Vikas Mishra. GM Lokmat (Implementation) Ashish Jain welcomed Nizami Brothers. The proceedings of the programme were conducted by project head of Lokmat Samachar Mateen Khan.
Commissioner of police Dr Bhushan Kumar Upadhyay, IG of Police Mallikarjun Prasanna, additional commissioner Nilesh Bharne, principal conservator of forests, Umesh Kumar Agrawal, working president of State Congress Dr Nitin Raut, former ministers Ranjeet Deshmukh and Dr Anees Ahmed, deputy director of GST (vigilance) Devranjan Mishra, working secretary of State Congress Atul Kotecha, former chairman of NMC’s standing committee Abha Chaturvedi, environment expert Kaustav Chatterjee, architect Virendra Khare, city president of Congress Minority Cell Irshad Ali and others were prominently present at the programme.
Ustad Chand acknowledged his relationship with Lokmat family and chairman of editorial board of Lokmat Media Vijay Darda and said that he feels very happy to be associated with Lokmat. He said that he comes to Nagpur twice a year to visit Tajbagh Dargah especially.
He also remembered veteran freedom fighter and founder editor of Lokmat Jawaharlal Darda alias Babuji and said that he will always be remembered by people. Speaking of late Jyotsna Darda, a social worker and ardent music lover and late wife of Vijay Darda, he said that she might not be among us physically but we very much feel her presence here.