…«music kindles the heart fire and the flame, rising from it, enlightens the soul» Inayat Khan
On 20 July, for the first time in Latvia, we welcomed the concert of Qawwali. The qawwals „Ustad Ali Hafeez Khan and party” gave the concert in front of the wide audience.
Profound, emotional voices of the singers, tunes of the Harmoniuim, hand clapping, extasy of the singers, uniqueness of the sounding wishing or not carried the audience over to steaming-hot India, to the boundary between desert and its oasis. Dependent on music, the time was flying or stopped still. The qawwali singers and musicians astonished us with their devotion, full absorption, passion. They sang devotional songs and hymns just for us and it was absolutely unimportant which language did they sing: Urdu, Hindi or Farsi.
Qawwali music is a touch of antiquity, of India, of the initial sound uniting us all together…That’s why it is so important that qawwali musicians convey their traditions from generation to generation for many centuries.
Our guests are the followers of Amir Khusrau Dehlavi, who lived in the XIII century, will give their concert in front of a wide audience. People credit exactly him as the inventor of the sitar. Amir Khusrau Dehlavi composed poetry in Farsi and Hindavi. Supposedly he is the author of the synonyms thesaurus “Khalikbari”, containing words in Arab, Persian and Hindi. Throughout his life Khusrau was praising humanism, tolerance and mercy.
Some words about the artists: The group “Ustad Ali Hafeez Khan and party” consists of seven people. The group features two singers – Ustan Ali Hafeez Khan and Ustad Haji Amir Khan, who play the harmonica, percussionists (the tabla, the dholak), and back-vocalists, who also accompany the performance with hand claps.
Ustad Ali Hafeez Khan and Ustad Haji Amir Khan continue cultural traditions of Rampur Gharana (India). They are students of their world-wide known father Ustad Latafat Hussenin Khan and have been performing since the age of 7. Ustad Ali Hafeez Khan is the main participant of many musical festivals and is very popular all over the world.