Riyaaz Qawwali


October 17, 2018
7:30 p.m.

Farinon College Center
Marlo Room
College Hill, Easton, PA


Few of the world’s traditional musics are as captivating as the 700-year-old form of qawwali. With lively rhythmic cycles, gripping melodies, and inspirational poetry, Riyaaz Qawwali weaves new song and texts from Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam, and other religions into the fabric of this venerable devotional music. The musicians, who come from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh, embrace their diverse linguistic and religious backgrounds to extend qawwali to new, enthusiastic audiences. Returning to the roots of this ecstatic, mystical mysic, Riyaaz Qawwali conveys a universal message of oneness and joy that transcends religous and political boundaries.

The South Asian Students Association wants to exhibit the true atmosphere of a Mehfil-e-Sama (session of Qawwali) by having the audience seated on a carpeted floor and the performers on a raised platform. Bring your own blanket or cushion!

Brown Bag Lecture

October 17, 2018

Skillman Library, Gendebien Room

“Poetry and Philosophy of Qawwali and Sufi Music”
Featuring guest speaker Sonny Mehta, Artistic Director of Riyaaz Qawwali

Brown bag lunch will be provided while supplies last.
Admission is free.