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An Oijo! Production
Presented by Rishi Majumder
Guest Cinematographer - Vidura Jang Bahadur
Sound - Modern Stage Services

Ustad Chand Nizami, and his nephews, Shadab and Sohrab Faridi Nizami, are the 'Darbari Qawwals' (Court Singers) of the ancient tomb of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya in Delhi. They are better known as 'Nizami Bandhu'.

Exponents of the Sikandara gharana from Uttar Pradesh, a bastion of Hindustani music, their forefathers moved to Delhi 600-700 years ago, and were part of the original Qawwal Bachche, a group of 17 singers and musicians formed by Hazrat Amir Khusro who renounced the material life and dedicated their life to the reverence, praise and worship of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. Families descending from them have always lived in and around the tomb, and are an integral part of all rituals and ceremonies.

The qawwali style of singing is highly evolved and esoteric, drawing influences from Arabic and Koranic Qaul, Persian poetry, and the Hindustani ghazal and bhajan. The tradition of qawwal places great emphasis on the propriety of which song is sung on which occasion, the manner of recitation, repetition and emphasis on certain words and phrases, and the significance of the spiritual and devotional within the conflict of the musical style.

"Sufi music is responded to at a very deep level, the soul will understand it, even if the head does not," explains Ustad Chand Nizami.

The popularization of Sufi music has meant that what was earlier confined to religious places and certain groups of interested people, is now available to people the world over.

The Nizamis themselves have toured all over the world, scored music for films and played for numerous festivals and occasions outside their home at Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya.

Read more about them on their website -


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