Mehfil-e-Sama

A Qawwali Night by Emerald The Band
A Cultural Event on the 5th November 2016
Venue: L5, LHC at 8:00 pm

A form of Sufi devotional music, very popular in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, is Qawwali. Traditionally performed primarily at Sufi shrines or Dargahs, it has gained great mainstream popularity over the decades. Historically, this musical tradition dates back to over seven centuries. The Sufi saint Amir Khusro Dehlavi from Delhi, is attributed with fusing the Persian, Arabic, Turkish, and Indian musical ethnicity in the late 13th century in India, to create Qawwali in the form we know it today. The expression "Satna" is often used to refer to various forms of Qawwali, and in south-Asia, Alehfil-e-Sama often represents a session of Qawwali. The songs which feature in the Mehfil-e-Sama are primarily in Urdu and Punjabi languages, with often a sprinkling of Hindi in the modern times.

Emerald The Band, formed by Jimmy and Neetu Nagar in the year 1999, has completed several world tours, covering over 15 countries. In the years 2002 to 2006, the Band was based in London, U.K. In the following years, the Band gained great popularity in the country, performing with a wide array of expertise in several forms of music, including Qawwali. The Band consists of seven musician and six singers and shall enthrall the gathering with their performance.

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