The Qawwali Project - An Untold Story

Mustafa Quraishi

Sufi Kathak Foundation

Sufi Kathak Foundation
New Delhi, India

A famous poetry of the subcontinent titled “Hum Dekhengey” written by Faiz Ahmad Faiz in1979 was widely sung by all artists including the Qawwal Sarvjeet Tamta. The artists used the poetry and the music form as a means of protest and resistance.

हम देखेंगे

लाज़िम है कि हम भी देखेंगे

वो दिन कि जिसका वादा है

जो लोह-ए-अज़ल में लिखा है

जब ज़ुल्म-ओ-सितम के कोह-ए-गरां

रुई की तरह उड़ जाएँगे

हम महकूमों के पाँव तले

ये धरती धड़-धड़ धड़केगी

और अहल-ए-हकम के सर ऊपर

जब बिजली कड़-कड़ कड़केगी

जब अर्ज-ए-ख़ुदा के काबे से

सब बुत उठवाए जाएँगे

हम अहल-ए-सफ़ा, मरदूद-ए-हरम

मसनद पे बिठाए जाएँगे

सब ताज उछाले जाएँगे

सब तख़्त गिराए जाएँगे


  • Title: The Qawwali Project - An Untold Story
  • Creator: Mustafa Quraishi
  • Location Created: Shaheen Bagh
  • Original Language: Text: Manjari Chaturvedi
  • Type: photo
  • Contributor: Sufi Kathak Foundation
  • Rights: Mustafa Quraishi
  • Region: New Delhi
  • Qawwali practitioner: Qawwal Sarvjeet Tamta
  • Photographer's biography: Mustafa Quraishi is a New Delhi based photojournalist. In the past, Mustafa has worked with the Associated Press (2004-2013) and the Indian Express (1999-2004). Mustafa currently works independently with NGO’s and aid organisations and has been published in newspapers and magazines like The Newsweek, Time Magazine, Der Spiegel, The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Geo, The Guardian, etc. See more at https://www.mustafaquraishi.com/

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