Munshi Raziuddin

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Munshi Raziuddin Ahmed Khan
OriginDelhi, British India
Died2003 (aged 90–91)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan

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


Initially, he performed in the court of the Nizam of Hyderabad, India with his cousin Bahauddin Khan. However, after the fall of Hyderabad in 1948 to India, he moved to Karachi, Pakistan. In 1956, he formed a qawwali group along with his cousins, Bahauddin Qawwal and Manzoor Ahmed Niazi.[2] This ensemble or group 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]

He Trained His Sons Farid Ayaz & Abu Muhammad, Ghulam Akram and Ali Akbar. He also trained his nephews Qawwal Najmuddin - Saifuddin & Brothers (Sons Of Bahauddin Qawwal), and his other nephews Abdullah Manzoor Niazi & Masroor Ahmed Niazi (Sons Of Manzoor Niazi).

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]


  1. ^ History of Qawwali on website Published 7 March 2013, Retrieved 18 August 2018
  2. ^ a b 'This way to Qawwali Gali' (Qawwal Street) in Saddar Town, Karachi Dawn (newspaper), Published 24 Oct 2015, Retrieved 18 August 2018
  3. ^ Fareed Ayaz Qawwal (Coke Studio Pakistan) qawwali performance on YouTube Retrieved 18 August 2018