Qawwali is a form of Sufi devotional music popular in all parts of India, especially North India; as well as Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet divisions of Bangladesh. The beauty of Sufism lies in the translation of poetry into music, which not only makes up for an enriching experience for the listeners, but also lets them embark on a journey of soul searching. The songs which constitute the qawwali repertoire are primarily in Persian, Urdu, Hindi, Bengali and Punjabi. The poetry is implicitly understood to be spiritual in its meaning, even though the lyrics can sometimes sound wildly secular, or outright hedonistic. The central themes of qawwali are love, devotion and longing (of man for the Divine).
The Nizami Bandhu hails from the legendary and lustrous Sikandra Gharana which has produced some of the finest gems of Qawaali singers over the ages, best known for their versatility and serenity that have reflected in their songs. The Nizami Bandhu belong to a family that are the descendants of court singers of the Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya for several centuries. The responsibility of carrying the legacy forward is presently being shouldered by Ustad Chand Nizami, Shadab Faridi Nizami and Sohrab Faridi Nizami.
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