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.
And do join us for a coffee at the Kunzum Travel Cafe in Hauz Khas Village in New Delhi, India.