By Abid Hussain
Carrying on the legacy of their famous ancestors, the Qavval Bacchoun ka Gharana and their father, the incomparable Munshi Raziuddn, the duo of Brothers Farid Ayaz and Abu Muhammad along with their ensemble provided a night of mystical nirvana to an enthralled audience.
They were performing on Saturday night at a local art school under The Second Floor’s (t2f) fund raising series ‘T2f:Renaissance’.
Although the event was not greatly advertised, the audience kept trickling in before the starting time and after 10pm, the show began as Fareed Ayaz started off with a Raag Bhopali. The ensemble has only recently started to garner popularity as their frequency of performing shows has increased. They still retain a core group of followers who religiously attend most of their shows and this one was no different. With a learned crowd which knew the nuances of the traditional Raags and Taans, the brothers created a fantastical atmosphere where they seamlessly linked the intricate poetry of Amir Khusrau, Bulley Shah, Jalal-ud-Din Rumi and many others.
Providing interpretation of the Kalaams which ranged from Arabic, Hindi, Persian and Punjabi, the Qavvals gave a brief history of the famous ‘Qaul’ of Amir Khusrau, before breaking into a thunderous rendition, with booming chants of ‘Munn Kuntu Maula’ ringing throughout the venue. This was followed by the evergreen, and perhaps the most famous of all Naats, Hazrat Imam Buseri’s Qaseedah Burdah Shareef which created a trance-like atmosphere, with the crowd swaying in unison.
As the clock ticked past midnight, there was no sign of slowing down for the duo which next broke into the rarely performed, but a most powerful Kalaam by Maulana Jalal Rumi, and Hazrat Kamil Shuttari’s ‘Mere Bannay ki Baat na Puchoo’. After a small interval, the crowd regrouped again as the performers then delved into the archives of Khusrau’s masterpieces such as Khabram Raseedam, the classic Chaap Tillak and various others, mesmerizing a crowd which was by that time, completely under a trance-like state.
The night was brought to a close with a rendition of ‘Lal Meri Pat’ and Dhamaal where the Qavvals were joined by an amateur yet supremely talented musician Yasir Qureshi, who played Darbuka (Goblet Drum) with them to give a rousing finale for the enchanted audience and bring curtains to a memorable night.