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Qawwali Music in Contemporary Pakistan
With Umair Jaffar


Qawwali Music in Contemporary Pakistan
With Umair Jaffar

Date: Thu, Aug 08, 2019 01:00PM
Price: Free with Museum admission

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Join Umair Jaffar as he explores the changing face of qawwali, a devotional genre of music thought to have originated in Sufi shrines. Today, qawwali is increasingly being performed outside of its sacred milieu — at weddings, corporate events, and social gatherings. How does this align with its sacred origins? Is the soul of qawwali fading? Jaffar delves into to these questions and unravels the various interpretations of qawwali music in contemporary Pakistan.



Umair Jaffar is a cultural anthropologist, performing arts curator, and producer, known for his work in documenting and presenting traditional performing art forms of Pakistan. He is the founder of the Institute for Preservation of Art and Culture (also known as IPAC Pakistan) and is currently the Executive Director of Small World Music, Toronto’s oldest and largest presenter of culturally diverse music.


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