Fareed Ayaz

Ustad Ghulam Fariduddin Ayaz Al-Hussaini Qawwal (born in Hyderabad, India) is a Pakistani qawwal.[2] He belongs to the Qawwal Bachchon Ka Gharana of Delhi.[3] He and his relatives are the flag-bearers of that school of music (gharana), which is also known by the name of the city as the Delhi gharana. He performs various genres of Hindustani classical music such as dhrupad, khayal, tarana, thumri, and dadra. Ayaz leads the qawwal party with his younger brother, Ustad Abu Muhammad.[4]

Fareed Ayaz
Fariduddin Ayaz Al-Hussaini

Musical career
Associated acts

Early lifeEdit

Fareed Ayaz was born in Hyderabad, India in 1952.[3] In 1956 his family shifted to Karachi, Pakistan.[3] He started his training in classical music with his father, Ustad Munshi Raziuddin Ahmed Khan Qawwal. Their roots can be traced to the family tree of one of the earliest disciples of Amir Khusro.[5] Their father, Munshi Raziuddin Qawwal also used to sing with his cousin Qawwal Bahauddin Khan and Manzoor Niazi Qawwal (maternal uncle of Farid) early in his career.[1] After finishing school he was admitted to PECHS College in Karachi to complete his higher secondary education. Mindful of his ability, Fasahat Ali Khan, Secretary General of National College's student union persuaded him to join National College during the academic year of 1975-76. He participated in a majority of Inter-College Musical competitions and every time won the first prize and Trophy for the college. He broke all previous records of most Trophies won by any individual in solo performances that year. The trophies won by him are still among the valuable treasures of National College Karachi. In a few competitions, judges questioned his participation as though he was a professional singer as these competitions were for amateurs. In his teens, he was already considered by many as a highly gifted singer of the semi-classical genre of Hindustani music.[citation needed]


Fareed Ayaz & Abu Muhammad Qawwal Brothers are popular for their Sufi performances. They are considered the most popular Qawwal party in Pakistan and one of the only few left. They have performed in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Austria, India, Kenya, Nepal, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Croatia, Turkey, Morocco, Greece, Egypt, Bulgaria, Tunisia, Belgium, Iran, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Romania, Mauritius, Hong Kong and South Africa by Bazme Chirag e Faqir Chishti International a non-profit Sufi organization.[6][7][8]

They also performed at Aman ki Asha, organised by Times of India and Pakistan's Jang Group.[9]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Interview with Fareed Ayaz: An unbroken tradition Dawn (newspaper), Published 18 August 2013, Retrieved 26 October 2017
  2. ^ "Tehran Times: 'We preach the message of love through Sufi music'". old.tehrantimes.com website. 30 August 2009. Archived from the original on 3 June 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Borah, Prabalika M. (25 September 2011). "Message delivered". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  4. ^ Qawwali night takes listeners back in time Daily Times (newspaper), Published 9 April 2004, Retrieved 26 October 2017
  5. ^ Fareed Ayaz, Abu Muhammad Qawwal and Brothers on nycnow.com website, Published 6 May 2017, Retrieved 26 October 2017
  6. ^ Spotlight: An esoteric experience Dawn (newspaper), Published 25 August 2002, Retrieved 26 October 2017
  7. ^ Sufi Cultural Festival arranged in Hong Kong Daily Times (newspaper), Published 19 August 2017, Retrieved 26 October 2017
  8. ^ Spiritualism, culture and art come under one roof at International Sufi Music Festival Daily Times (newspaper), Published 30 October 2008, Retrieved 26 October 2017
  9. ^ Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad Qawwal and Brothers perform at the Pakistan High Commission in Delhi Times of India (newspaper), Published 12 December 2014, Retrieved 26 October 2017

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