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Qawwali night takes listeners back in time

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shehryar Khan on Wednesday arranged a spectacular qawwalli night at the Asif Jah Haveli in Chuna Mundi.

The 17th century Mughal monument that now serves as a college for girls was decorated with lights and floral arrangements, and dinner was served to around 250 people.

Karachi-based Fareed Ayaz Qawwal, son of the legendry qawwal Munshi Riazuddin, and his troupe performed Sufi kalam for the audience. The qawwals paid homage to Amir Khusro, who was a disciple of the Sufi saint Nizamud Din Aulia, and credited him with establishing qawwalli as a form of art.

The qawwals sang odes to Hazrat Ali and Amir Khusro and soon had the audience completely involved in their performance. The farshi arrangement and fresh pans added to the Mughal flavour.

Speaking at the occasion, Mr Khan said the Indian cricket team’s tour to Pakistan had been a huge success in that the world had seen what great hosts Pakistanis were. He said the huge numbers of Indians who came had witnessed for themselves how hospitable people on this side of the border were. Indians and Pakistanis had sat together in stands and cheered together for both teams and good cricket, he said.

“But it wasn’t always like this,” Mr Khan said. “The Pakistani people have matured over time. Perhaps if you had come a few years ago, they wouldn’t have welcomed you so warmly.” Staff Report

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