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Qawwali and kebabs rock Town Hall.

IT WAS an evening of ghazal s, qawwali s and kebabs at the Town Hall lawns, Chandni Chowk on Thursday evening.

Music lovers who poured in at the venue for Jashn- e- Dilli, an event being held by the Delhi government for the CWG, had their mouthful even before they listened to the electrifying sargam s of Raza Ali Khan or the Sufiyana qawwali s of Ateeq Husain Khan Bandanawazi.

The stalls that outlined the venue had some of the traditional old Delhi delicacies such as Seekh Kebab, chicken Biryani, jalebi s and phirni , a rice- based dessert, offering a culinary feast for the visitors.

The satiation of the senses was complete when Ali Khan, the Hindustani classical vocalist who launched the evening, embarked on a musical treat in his deep and sonorous voice. Also a music director and composer, Khan began his performance by singing two songs based on raga s Sohni and Rageshree, from the 1960 Bollywood flick Mughal- e- Azam , which was originally sung by his grandfather Bade Ghulam Ali Khan for the hit film under the guidance of music director Naushad. He was joined by Arif Khan on the tabla and Gulam Ali on sarangi . The team was cheered and applauded all the way through its performance. This was followed by the much- awaited qawwali party led by Husain Khan and his group of eight men in black sherwani s and fur caps on harmoniums and percussions.

Meanwhile, the arrival of a group of mendicants with matted hair in the midst of the performance engaged the curiosity of the audience, even as it underscored the transcendental power of music to breach the barriers of religion and caste.

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Date:Oct 9, 2010
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