Keeping a legacy alive

Keeping a legacy alive

If one sets about the task of reviving 14th century Sufi legend Amir Khusrau’s legacy, his pioneering contribution to the devotional musical artform of qawwali is where much of the work begins.

One of the most revered Sufi legends of Delhi, Khusrau, is a major subject of revival of Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti, where the qawwali tradition is being compiled in its purest form.
Jashn-e-Khusrau, a collection of a 2010 festival that celebrated the mystical poetry of Khusrau as performed in the genre of qawwali, was released on Sunday by minister of culture Kumari Shelja.

The book not only compiles the discussions but also elaborates in detail on the vast repertoire of khanaqahi qawwali, with essays on the history, tradition and literature of the genre.