The devotional music of the Sufis is known- as Sufi music, inspired by the works of poets, like Rumi, Hafiz, Bulleh Shah, Amir Khusro and Khwaja Ghulam Farid. Qawwali is the most well-known form of Sufi music. Sufi love songs are often performed as ghazals and Kafi, a solo genre, accompanied by percussion and harmonioum, using a repertoire of songs by Sufi poets.

A mesmerising evening of Jugal Bandi took place last week at the Kamani Auditorium in the Capital, between Nizami Bandhu and Sufi Brothers. Nizami Bandhu and Sufi brothers performed for the first time in the Capital. In another first,Nizami Bandhu (Chand Nizami, Shadab Mizami and Sohrab Nizami) from India and Sufi brothers (Armaan and Imran Ali) shared the same stage, leaving audiences asking for more. The Nizami Bandhu and Sufi brothers are famous for their Qawwali performances. “Music is not limited by borders, today we shared the stage with our brothers. It was a pleasant experience for us,” said Chand Nizami, senior member of Nizami Bandhu Group. “Sufi music has the divine connection with almighty. So, in the form of Qawwali we just pray for peaceful environment in both countries.Music is the only way which can help eradicate the hatred from aavam (citizens) for each other.” 

Nizami Bandhu is a well-known oldest Sufi Qawwali group in India comprising members of the Nizami family, which has ties with Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya and Hazrat Amir Khusro. Nizami Bandhu performs in cultural programmes both in India and abroad. Nizami Bandhu belongs to a 700-year-old tradition, belonging to Sikandra Gharana and are the court singers at Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. 

The Sufi brothers at the same time possess extraordinary vocal abilities.One could see that during the Jugalbandi, which went on for hours. Their family too has a 600-year-old Qawwali tradition.They are cousins of late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, who is known for introducing Qawwali music to international audiences.The Nizami Brothers warmed up the evening with “Ali maula Ali” and wrapped up their performance with “Kun Faaya Kun”, while the Sufi brothers sang “Dama Dum Mast Qalandar” One certainly felt extremely lucky to have been amid the brothers from India and Pakistan, imparting the “Sufiyana Rang” to the evening.