Hamsar is the son of Hayat Nizami
Qawwal, and the nephew of the
world famous Meraj Ahmed Nizami,
whose family have been performing
Qawwali at teh Dargah (tomb) of
the Chishti saint Nizamuddin Aulia
in Delhi for many generations.
Hamsar, 37, received his training
in qawwali music from his father,
whom he sang with since he was
a child, and learned the nuances
of Persian, Urdu and Hindi lyrics
from his uncle. While both father
and uncle have left indelible
marks on his style, Hamsar also
strives to evolve his own characteristic
manner of singing. His voice has
a sound classical base, as he
uses elaborate improvisations
and ornamentations of the classical
style, such as taans (long crescendos),
gamaks and murkis (vacillations
of the voice).
troupe cosists of all young
members, accompanying Hamsar
in chorus, clapping, and persussion.
Hamsar and his friends are a
quite sought after group in
Delhi and elsewhere in India.
Besides singing the Qawwalies,
this group often invited to
perform Bhajans of Mata Vaishno
Devi, Khatu Shyaam Baba and
Shri Sainath Maharaj of Shirdi
at religious gatherings - a
rare quality for a muslim group.
of Hamsar Hayat Nizami, Ph.:
Text courtsy: Producer of first
sufi album APNI MASTI of
Hamsar Hayat and friends in