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The Nizamuddin shrine in Delhi

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.

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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Christmas Eve 2000 23:15

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  • Nizamuddin's grave

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

    Duration: 10:12

  • Music Played

    • 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.

    Duration: 04:18

  • Sufi Song

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

    Duration: 11:56

  • Music Played

    • Nizami Qawwal

      Our eyes met

      • BBC Recording.
  • Nizmi Qawwal

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

    Duration: 05:53

  • Music Played

    • Nizami Qawwal

      Unknown

      • BBC Recording.
    • Nizami Qawwal

      unknown

      • BBC Recording.
  • Mystical experience

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

    Duration: 03:11

  • Wedding night qawwali

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

    Duration: 08:23

  • Music Played

    • Nizami Qawwal

      A wedding song

      • BBC Recording.

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