Delhi: Enjoy the weekly Qawwalis at Nizamuddin Dargah

Nizamuddin Dargah, Qawwali, Delhi
Chand Nizami, Shadab Nizami and their group of Qawwals have a special gift from God, or Allah. When the start singing their Qawwalis, the gathered audience cannot help but losing themselves in the melodies. They perform daily at Nizamuddin Dargah from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. and then again from 9:00 – 10:30 p.m. in the courtyard under the open skies. (However, there is a possibility of a cancellation without notice on some days other than Thursdays). You can feel their passion coming across, from the pit of their stomach with vocal cords tested just short of coming apart. Playing their tablas and harmoniums, unplugged, the music reverberates within the closed compound tugging at something in your own heart. Your faith does not matter, their music is for everyone. Go enjoy.

Travel Tips: It is located in the Nizamuddin West area near Humayun’s Tomb. It can get quite crowded at the Dargah on Thursdays, so do mind yourself and your belongings. You cannot wear footwear inside – many shopkeepers will volunteer to keep these for you in return for a tip (not compulsory). But there is one just at entrance who will also give you a token as surety. You don’t need to in the compound where they perform, but heads have to be covered inside the prayer areas. Parking is a problem, so best is to park some distance away and walk.

Qawwali at Nizamuddin Dargah from Kunzum on Vimeo. You can also watch this video on YouTube.

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  • Interesting post Ajay! I thought they only do Thursdays. Incidentally, I was planning joining one of these sessions as part of walking in Delhi. Thanks for the info.

  • Rishab Chopra

    Hey will u go today? if yes then at what time?

  • Kritika Mohan

    qawwalis are great!

  • ‎@Rishab Not today Rishab! Maybe after a couple of weeks again.

  • Fantastic Qawwali!!

  • On parking – why take a car at all? The Southern entrance to Nizamuddin is close to the Jangpura Metro Station (just South of the Lodi Crematorium). There are any number of air-conditioned buses that will drop you close to the Nizamuddin Police Station/Humayun Tomb roundabout as well as the afore-mentioned Lodi Crematorium. And if you do get taken in totally by the whole experience and more, then using public transport to get back home or part-way home is so much more advisable.

  • Wow !!! I like Qawwalis and Ghazals…

  • Sachin Malik

    sir do u do concerts/stage shows in delhi…. or it will be nice if u cld offer some recommendations if u know of some good qawwali/sufi/ghazal singers available in delhi area.


  • asingh

    is it possible to take a wheelchair inside



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