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.
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. 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. Munshi Raziuddin was succeeded by his sons, Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad, who perform as Fareed Ayaz Qawwal in 2016.
Awards and recognition
- http://twocircles.net/2013mar07/%E2%80%98aaj_rang_hai%E2%80%99_qawwali_revisited.html#.VxndD0L2bX5, History of Qawwali on TwoCircles.net website, Published 7 March 2013, Retrieved 22 April 2016
- http://www.dawn.com/news/1215115, 'This way to Qawwali Gali' Qawwal Street in Saddar Town, Karachi on Dawn, Karachi newspaper, Published 25 Oct 2015, Retrieved 22 April 2016
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIFfvG-Jae8, Fareed Ayaz Qawwal (Coke Studio) qawwali performance on YouTube, Retrieved 22 April 2016
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