The Qawwali Project - An Untold Story

Mustafa Quraishi

Sufi Kathak Foundation

Sufi Kathak Foundation
New Delhi, India

In December 2019, the Citizen Amendment Act, popularly known as CAA, was given the assent by the President of India, after being passed by the Parliament. This led to widespread protests by Muslims, citing that the CAA amendments grant a swifter path of citizenship to all religious minorities except the Muslims.

The social impact of Qawwali as an art form for resistance was visible at the protest site where this highly adaptive form of music was passionately sung by Qawwal Sarvjeet Tamta.


  • 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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