Qawwali turns evening magical

SUFI JOURNEY

India International Trade Fair, the iconic annual event of the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) showcased the face of India in diverse sectors along with many live scintillating performances.

From theatre, to puppet show, to street plays, to classical dances to qawwali evenings, this year, the 32nd edition of the IITF was a grand event which entertained Delhiites to the core.  

As its theme ‘Skilling India’ with all the states including foreign countries displayed their skills, there were these artistes who performed live at the Fair. One of the group was Jamil Ahmad and Party from Rampur, Uttar Pradesh who created a sufiana ambience with their melodious songs.

The songs which swayed the audience and made them sing along with them were saqiya aur pila, aaj jaane ki zidd na karo, dama damm mast kalandar, etc.

Jamil Ahmad, the vocalist was happy enough to share his experience, “It was really nice to perform live in front of the audience. I have been coming here since five years and each year has been special for me.”

He also added, “I would say that the liking for sufi music has increased drastically. Zamaana badal gaya hai and logi ki pasand bhi. Hindustan ke khidmat ke lie hum hamesha taiyyar hai.”

Born in 1945, Jamil got early lessons from his father Ustad Kallan Khan Sahib and learnt Hindustani Classical music from Ustad Chhote Wazeer Husain Khan Sahib.
The Trade Fair was truly an amalgamation of trade and culture this year!

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