Lahore Literary Festival presents The Saami Brothers Qawwal

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An evening of beautiful and powerful qawwali song

Popularised by the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, qawwali songs are based on the mystical poetry of Sufism. The Saami Brothers Qawwal is an eight–member ensemble, considered one of the most accomplished and traditional qawwals today. The traditional music works its way to ecstatic peaks with strong voices and percussive handclaps, seeking to transport musicians and audience closer to the divine. 

The Saami Brothers were trained in classical music and the art of qawwali under the rigorous tutelage of Munshi Raziuddin Khan and their father, Ustad Naseeruddin Saami, who recently released the God Is Not a Terrorist album and performed with his sons at Womad. 

Keeping the flame of the Qawwal Baccha Gharana alive, the Saami Brothers are well versed in a number of languages, and weave various genres of Eastern classical music beautifully into their qawwali performances. For this performance, they sing the music of the Sufi saint Hazrat Amir Khusrau and present an art form that has endured over hundreds of years.

This performances is not included in Lahore Literary Festival day ticket. Tickets should be purchased separately.


Name: Lahore Literary Festival presents The Saami Brothers Qawwal
Where: Knowledge Centre
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96 Euston Road
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