Munshi Raziuddin

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Munshi Raziuddin Ahmed Khan (1912–2003) was a renowned Pakistani Qawwal and a classical musician in India and Pakistan and a researcher of music. He belongs to the best-known gharana of Qawwali, Qawwal Bachchon Ka Gharana of Delhi.[1]

Initially, he performed in the court of the Nizam of Hyderabad, India. However, after the fall of Hyderabad in 1948 to India, he moved to Karachi, Pakistan. In 1956, he formed a qawwali group Munshi Raziuddin, Manzoor Niazi & Brothers, along with his cousins, Bahauddin Qawwal and Manzoor Niazi.[2] This ensemble lasted until 1966.

After 1966, Munshi Raziuddin turned to solo work, forming his own Qawwali party, and was a successful qawwal until his death in 2003. Traditional Qawwali singing heritage of the city of Karachi can still be felt and seen in a small neighborhood in Karachi named Qawwali Gali (Qawwali Street) in the Saddar Town area of Karachi city, where a street is named after Munshi Raziuddin Qawwal.[2] Munshi Raziuddin was succeeded by his sons, Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad, who perform as Fareed Ayaz Qawwal in 2016.[3]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Pride of Performance Award in 1967 by the President of Pakistan.


  1. ^, History of Qawwali on website, Published 7 March 2013, Retrieved 22 April 2016
  2. ^ a b, 'This way to Qawwali Gali' Qawwal Street in Saddar Town, Karachi on Dawn, Karachi newspaper, Published 25 Oct 2015, Retrieved 22 April 2016
  3. ^, Fareed Ayaz Qawwal (Coke Studio) qawwali performance on YouTube, Retrieved 22 April 2016