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The Nizamuddin shrine in Delhi

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 24 December 2000

1/2. In the first of two award-winning programmes, first broadcast on BBC World Service, Jameela Siddiqi attends the all-night festival at the cradle of Sufi music, the Nizamuddin shrine in Delhi.

She attends a special performance by the Nizami Qawwal, the shrines resident musicians, and discovers qawwalis both public and secret. She talks to pilgrims and describes the mystical experience of visiting the shrine.

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11 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Nizamuddin's grave

    Jameela Siddiqi visits Sufi master Nizamuddin's grave of the cradle of classical Qawwali.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Nizami Qawwal

      Nizami Qawwal A Qawwali in praise of Ali

      BBC Recording

  • Sufi Music and the quest for enlightenment

    Jameela discovers the origins of Sufi music and the Sufi’s quest of enlightenment.

  • Sufi Song

    We hear a Sufi song about two lovers whose eyes meet. The song has a spiritual message.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Nizami Qawwal

      Nizami Qawwal Our eyes met

      BBC Recording

  • Nizmi Qawwal

    Nizami Qawwal invite Jameela to dinner and a private recital of their secret qawwalis.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Nizami Qawwal

      Nizami Qawwal Unknown

      BBC Recording

    • Image for Nizami Qawwal

      Nizami Qawwal unknown

      BBC Recording

  • Mystical experience

    Jameela describes the mystical experience of visiting the tomb of Sufi master, Nizamuddin.

  • Wedding night qawwali

    We hear a qawwali about wedding night passion and a strong love between the couple.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Nizami Qawwal

      Nizami Qawwal A wedding song

      BBC Recording


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