Delhi witnesses the grandeur of Rajasthani folk and Qawwalis at Amarrass Nights

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New Delhi: Curated by Amarrass Records, Amarrass Nights, a mesmerizing musical evening took place at Bagh-e-Azeem, at the Capital’s Sunder Nursery on weekend. The performance by Rajasthani folk artists Ghewar & Firoze Khan, and Qawwali group Rehmat-e-Nusrat from Uttarakhand took the music enthusiasts back to their roots. Amarrass records other than hosting these two exciting new groups also highlighted the endangered folk instrument “Kamaicha” in the music performances leaving the Dilliwallah spellbound. The fundamental aim of Amarrass Nights is to showcase lesser known folk and traditional artists. Amarrass Records are poised to host monthly series of music concerts at Sunder Nursery, Nizamuddin which can serve as a platform to curate upcoming folk and traditional artists from India and to introduce new collaborations and artist exchanges.

Amarrass Nights embarked with the performance of brother duo Ghewar & Firoze Khan from Rajasthan. The khan brothers with their Kamaicha and the Dholak gave a range of their musical repertoire, Ghewar opened the concert by playing the sound of moving train on Kamaicha, then the duo sang songs in Raag Khamaji, followed by a bhajan Shiv ji ka geet hai-“ Bhola Shambu kya pooch jaat hamari’- dedicated to Lord Shiva, they sang folklore inspired by bird and Lord Krishna and Radha. The rustic notes from Ghewarji’s kamaicha proved that the great legacy of Kamaicha is alive and needs to be preserved. Their performance depicted the raw beauty of Rajasthan’s landscape.

After the tunes of the deserts of Rajasthan, It was time for the Sufiana Qawwalis to take the stage at the Sunder Nursery, Qawwali group Rehmat-e-Nusrat from Uttarakhand, gave beauteous Tribute to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan with their performance. They performed Sufiana Kalams of the great Amir Khusrao and Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. They sang, Chhaap Tilak, Nit Khair Manga, Yeh jo halka halka suroor hai…The Group consisted of 6 people with Sarvjeet Tamta leading the band on vocals and Harmonium, Sanjay Kumar on Tabla, Dhruv Pandey on Guitar and chorus, Sahil Arya , Bhanu Pratap Arya and Avinash Kumar on clap and Chorus. Talking about his group lead vocalist Sarvjeet Tamta said “People always try to preserve and protect the things that are on the verge of getting extinct, traditional Qawwali form is one of those things and there are very few groups in India who perform the traditional Qawwali and since the inception of our group we have always tried to preserve the traditional Qawwali. Rehmat-e-Nusrat recited the timeless musical tradition with qawwalis leaving the audience craving for more.

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