Ustad Iqbal Khan with Babar Latif - Sufiana & Saleem Hasan Chishti - QAWALI

Wednesday, July 4, 2018
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Tickets: £10, £15


The concert is part of a double bill featuring Sufiana & Qawali by highly respected artists - Ustad Iqbal Khan with Babar Latif on Tabla & Qawali by Saleem Hasan Chishti & his group

Ustad Iqbal Khan – recipient of the prestigious national Sangeet Academy Award was adopted and taught by his maternal grandfather the great vocalist of the Delhi gharana Ustad Chand Khan. Iqbal Ahmed carries on the tradition of one of the oldest music gharanas of singing and is today the head of it. A top-grade vocalist of Akashwani he gave his first recital at the age of just six.  Iqbal imbibed the traditions of the Delhi school which goes back to Amir Khusrau in the 13th century. An expert on the music and compositions of Amir Khusrau as well as on Ghalib, Iqbal Ahmed heads two major societies in Delhi named after the two great Sufi posts and musicians – including the Amir Khusro Institute of Music. He sits on several expert panels including of the Delhi University, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, All India Radio – auditions and grading. He is the recipient of many awards and is a regular at all music festivals in India. Apart from Classical music, he has a deep knowledge of Urdu poetry and compositions used in ritual as well festive occasions as well as of very rare ragas and bandishes especially of Amir Khusrau.

Babar Latif is the younger son of the great tabla maestro the late Ustad Latif Ahmed Khan of the Delhi gharana. Music and tabla is in his blood and he has imbibed all the best values of one of the oldest music traditions in India - Delhi gharana. Having had only a short time with his father before his demise, Babar along with his brother Akbar continued their training with their uncle the late Ustad Shafat Khan, Ghulam Haider and Ustad Munnu Khan.  Babar has worked with the AMC most notably in 2009 when he along with his brother Akbar performed at the BBC Proms festival.  He has accompanied most of the great artists establishing a fine reputation for himself. Noted for the sweetness of his tone, youthful freshness and virtuosity, Babar is a joy to listen to and the AMC welcomes him back to London.


Saleem Hasan Chishti  -  QAWALI

Saleem Hasan Chishti and his accompanists the principal singers of qawali at the Fatehpur Sikri shrine of Sheikh Saleem Chisti – descendent of Khwaja Mohinuddin Chishti of Ajmer, who promulgated the Chishtya order of Sufi (Sunni) mysticism in India. His other famous followers included Nizamuddin Auliya.  Saleem Hasan Chishti is fast making a name for himself in India as one of the finest performers of qawali.  Well trained and versed in the classical music of North India he weaves the poetry into beautiful uplifting and inspiring music compositions. His father was the famous qawal – Noor Mohammed and their family history goes back to musicians performing at the shrine of Sheikh Saleem Chishti at Fatehpur Sikri since the time of the emperor Akbar. While he has appeared in numerous TV and radio programmes in India this is his first visit to the UK.

QAWALI is the devotional music of the Sufi performed at the shrine of the spiritual leader of the order at his death anniversary but also on other occasions. It is characterised by energetic group singing led by one or two principal vocalists and with percussion accompaniment. It is a very spiritual music based on wonderful poetry composed by many well-known spiritual, mystic writers such as Amir Khusro, Rumi, Hafiz, Warsi and so on.  The aim is to reach a state of sama or ecstasy.


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