Sher Miandad Khan

Sher Miandad Khan
  • country:Pakistan
  • style(s):Sufi
  • label:SAY Arts
  • type:Band
  • gender:male
  • instrumentation:instrumental, vocal
  • artist submitted CIC

For many people in Europe the music of Qawwali is associated with one name: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. After his demise in 1997 there have been many new artists who have been hailed as "the new Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan". However, Sher Miandad Khan is an artist in his own right.

Sher Miandad Khan (Courtesy Hindustan Times)

Sher Miandad and his brothers Faiz Fareed, Ali Raza and Fakhar-uz-Zaman belong to an illustrious family of qawwals in Punjab. Their grandfather, Din Mohammad Dina Qawwal, was a noted qawwal and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was their cousin. Sher Miandad and his party are a rare combination of traditional devotional qawwali singing and a good understanding of modern music.

Sher Miandad began singing in 1996 and soon became one of the top qawwals of Pakistan. He brings from Pkpattan Sharif the soul of Punjabi poetry - Baba Farid Gunj Shakar whose poignant verse breaks the heart of every listener even today. He and his group perform regularly at the shrine of the Sufi poet.

The group has performed for PTV and Radio Pakistan and at the World Performing Festivals in Lahore. Their fusion programme with Swiss and Syrian musicians led to a novel music project called Sufi Moon. There have been Sufi Moon performances with Sher Minadad in Geneva and other European countries. The group has also performed in Mela festival in Oslo in 2003.

The singer-composer has performed at Switzerland, England and Singapore, where the Bulle Shah award was conferred upon him in 2002. Sher Miandad has ardent admirers in Europe, America and India. His qawwalis are available on CDs and audiotapes.