Festival 2010

Jashn-e-Khusrau celebrates the sufiana Kalaam (mystical poetry of Islam) of Amir Khsurau. Rendered in the Khanqah (Shrine) of his beloved pir, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, the Kalaam has been kept alive for over 700 years by the khanaqahi qawwali singers in shrines of the Chistiya silsila.

The tradition of qawwali, as told by the qawwal (qawwali singer), began with Amir Khusrau who trained some chosen talented young boys in the art and it is their lineage which has come to be widely known and respected as the Qawwal Bacche. However, the majority of khanqahi qawwal today is from lineages outside the Qawwal Bachhe but have come to be included in the Sama Mehfil (Sufi music communion) and attain the pagri (position of the head Qawwal) of shrines across the subcontinent. 

The festival put together an exclusive assembly of selected khanqahi qawwal with different dargah affiliations, each with a distinctive style and repertoire which made the event singularly unique.
1. Meraj Ahmed Nizami & Party
2. Ghaus Muhammad Nasir Niazi & Party
3. Ghulam Hussain Niazi & Party
4. Iftekhar Ahmed & Party
Talks and Poetry Reading
1. Talk - Structure and Aesthetics of Qawwali
 Speaker: Prof.
Regula Burchardt Qureshi
2. Talk - Literary aspects of Amir Khusrau's Poetry
Dr. Sunil Sharma
Film Screenings
1. Sufi Soul: The Mystic Music of Islam
     (Director: Simon Broughton)
2. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: A voice from Heaven
     (Director: Giuseppe Asaro)
Heritage Walks
1. Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti 
(Led by volunteers)
2. Humayun's Tomb 
(Led by volunteers)