Fanna-Fi-Allah: Annihilation into Allah. Qawwali is an ancient practice where in the fire of divine love (ishq) is ecstatically expressed through the mystical verses of Sufi poets, sung in Urdu, Farsi, Hindi and Punjabi. The origins of qawwali music date back about a thousand years to the first sufi mystics who came to India; Data Ganj-Buksh & Khwaja Mueen ud Deen Chishty. The sufi sama (sufi gathering) of Persia was recreated to suite the culture of India & qawwali was deseigned for this setting.
Tahir Qawwal and Amena Chisty Qawwal ( the founders of Fanna ) are infinitely blessed to be the disciples of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan ( the only nephew-successor of the great Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan) and Ustad Dildar Hussein ( world renowned tabla master from the Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Qawwali party). Tahir leads the Fanna-Fi-Allah Qawwali party consisting of seven to ten rigorously trained musicians. This young Qawwali party wishes to bring forth, from out of the Sufi shrines, the blessing of this ancient practice of devotion and love through music to all. Fanna-Fi-Allah has been greatly honoured to play at such sacred sufi shries in Pakistan such as the beloved tombs of :Data Ganj Baksh (Lahore), Baba Ganj-e-Shakar (Pak Pattan), Baba Bulleh Shah (Kasoor), Baba Lasuri Shah (Faislabad)....and in India at the tombs of Khwaje Nizzam-Ud-Deen Aulia, Hazrat Amir Khusrau, Pir Inayat Khan (Delhi), Khwaje Mueen-Ud-Deen Chishty (Ajmer), and many more mystic sites.
Qawwali has evolved into an amazingly immense art form spanning over hundreds of years of poets, languages & musical evolutions. The aspiration of Fanna-Fi-Allah is to bring the magic of Pakistan to the west, by properly receiving this time honoured tradition from the grand masters. Through years of heartfelt effort Fanna-Fi-Allah performs at festivals, yoga studio's, gatherings, house concerts, workshops, benefits, tombs & in the streets of the third world.