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Hazrat Amir Khusrou who banded together twelve (12) elite youngsters and personally imparted special instructions regarding Sufiana style of music, namely Qawali to them and appointed Mian Saamat as its leader. This group named as Qawal Bachche Gharana of Delhi and afterwards as Delhi Gharana. The Delhi Gharana achieved further acclaim through AI-Haj Mir Qutab Bukhsh, famous as Mian Tanrus Khan, who went on to become the royal tutor to Bahadur Shah Zafar, the last of the mughal emperors.

 

Bahauddin Qawal, grand grandson of Ustad Mian Tanrus Khan Sahab and grandson of Ustad Ghulam Ghous Khan Sahab, born in 1934, took formal musical traini

ng from his father Ustad Haji M. Suleman Khan Sahab and uncle Ustad Sardar Khan Sahab, began giving public performances and won prizes & acclaim such as Nunhay 
Ragi in 1947, Certificate of Performance in 1949, Nunhay Hind Ragi in 1951, title & crown of Ashraf-ul-Mousiqaraan in 1969, Portrayed on wall mounted carpet in 1980, Certificate of Affiliation in 1981 by the descendants of Mehboob-e-Elahi, Tamgha-i-Imtiaz In 2000 by the President-Islamic Republic of Pakistan, title of Ustad, Gold Medal & Commemorative Shield in 2002 from the Vice President of Mauritius and Minister of Arts & Culture and in 2003 In the name of Allah Award.

In 1955, he migrated to Pakistanwhere he started afresh as partner to his cousins Munshi Raziuddin A. Khan and Manzoor A. Khan Niazi. In late 1965 he, alongwith his brother Qutbuddin, went solo under his own name. Right from his start uptil now he has regularly been invited by various Government and Local departments, including Armed Forces, to perform in about all their programmes as well as seminars, festivals and symposiums specially arranged on specific occasions.

 

Bahauddin, as a true disciple of the school of Hazrat Amir Khusrou, having the desire to propagate Islam beyond the confines of the sub-continent, has exhibited his art & command on different styles of Qawali, especially classical style, all over the world. He has toured Europe, Middle East, East & South Africa and Asia several times.

 

Recorded by the National Centre for the Performing Arts-India in 1981, for safe-keeping upto 200 years, on the Golden Tape, as reference and guide on Hazrat Amir Khusrou and his work especially the art of Qawali, for researchers and scholars as well as by Dr. Zoe Ansari, for release of two cassette’s Audio-biography of Hazrat Amir Khusrou. Even today the BBC and other European & Asian Broadcasting Authorities continue to record as well as interviewed Bahauddin for research and references regarding the music of the East. His Qawalis in Urdu, Persian and Arabic are regularly telecasted both in Pakistan and abroad as well as have been sent to Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and Central Asian Countries on special requests.

 

Bahauddin Qawal and his family have been  continuously and regularly attached with the sufi orders since last seven (7) centuries. The tombs of Mian Nigahi and Mian Dargahi, his ancestors, mureed and Sama Khwaan of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti (Khwaja Ghareeb Nawaz), adjacent to his shrine and Nigahi Dargahi Masjid at Dargah Bazar as well as their permanent rooms adjacent to the shrines of Khwaja Ghareeb Nawaz, Hazrat Mehboob-e-Elahi and Hazrat Alauddin Ali A. Sabir Kalyari (Sabir Pak) in Ajmer, Delhi and Kalyar are examples of their spiritual affiliation.

 

Bahauddin held many positions at different organisations for revival and development of Qawali. Now his children are following his footsteps and are assisting him in his performances and his mission as well as working at their own under the name and style Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers. His nine VCDs/CDs and thirty-nine Video/Audio Cassettes & LPs EPs were released in Pakistan & abroad. In 1978, Hilton Movies had recorded his Qawali for their film Gardish.

Bahauddin contemporaries like, love and admire him and his art of Qawali. They all derive great solace and comfort from him who fulfills their yearning to enrich their souls. Until his death in 2006 he soldiered on unceasingly and relentlessly in his mission both at home and abroad.

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