Aziz Mian Qawwal ( عزیز میاں قوال,,17 April 1942 – 6 December 2000) was one of leading traditional qawwal sand also famous for singing ghazals in his unique style . Aziz is still one of the most popular qawwals of South Asia, and he has given us many hits quawwalis. He holds the record for singing the longest qaww ali, name is Hashr Ke Roz Yeh Poochhunga, which runs slightly over 115 minutes ,, Aziz Mian performed poetry by allana iqbak, and a number of Famous Urdu poets, including saddiq,saifudin saif and Qateel shaifai
Aziz Mian was born in delhi. The exclamation Mian, which he often used in his qawwalis, became part of his stage name. He began to introduce himself as Aziz Mian Meeruthi. The word Meerut refers to meerut,a city in northern india, from which he migrated to pakistan in 1947.
At the age of ten, he began learning the art of Qawwali from Ustad abdul wahid khan of lahore .He received sixteen years of training at the Data Ganj Baksh School of lahore ,and earned degrees in urdu literature, arabic and persian from the punjab uniersity
Aziz Mian was non-traditional Pakistani Qawwals. His voice was raspy and powerful. he was the only prominent qawwal to write his own lyrics ( he also performed songs written by other poets).. Aziz Mian was a contemporary, and often a competitor, of the sabri brothers. In the early days of his career, he was nicknamed Fauji Qawwal ,because most of his early stage-performances were in military barracks for the army personnel. He was known for a “more recitative, more dramatic diction” and was inclined toward qawwali’s religious rather than entertainment qualities.
BREAK OUT PERFORMANCE
His break-out performance was in 1966, when he performed before the shah of iran, mohammad reza pahlavi. He won first prize and a gold medal from the shah of iran,He was fond of discussing religious and sufi paradoxes in his qawwalis. He directly addressed Allah and complained about the misery of man
For his service in music, the government of pakistan awarded him the pride of perfornabce medal in 1989.
Aziz Mian also wrote songs in praise of the joys of drink (meh). These songs embody an extended metaphor, wherein “wine” represents “knowledge of the Divine”, the “cupbearer” (saaqi) is God or a spiritual guide, and the “tavern” is the metaphorical place where the soul may.
Main sharaabi, yaaron mujhe muaaaf karo
Main nashe mein hoon, yaaron mujhe muaaaf karo
Sheeshe mein mai, mai mein nasha, main nashe mein hoon
Ye apni masti hai, jisne machayi hai halchal
Nasha sharaab mein hota to nachti botal
(Teri Soorat Nigahon Mein)
Mera waqt aaya to chilman daal di
Bade badnaseeb the hum, ke qaraar tak na pauhanche
Dar-e-yaar tak to pauhanche, dil-e-yaar tak na pauhanche
You showed your beauty to the whole world.
When it was my turn, you let the curtain fall.
It was my misfortune, that I could not reach this rest.
I could only reach her door, I could not reach her heart.
(Bade Badnaseeb The Hum)
Hai Allah tera naam to woh tha jo be-ginti lete
Kya lutf jo gin gin ke tera naam liya
Kho gaya hai kya khuda jo dhoondhta phirta hai tu?
Has God got himself lost that you go searching for him everywhere?
(Aashiqi Di lagi Nahin Hoti)
Supne vich mera maahi mileyaa
Te main paa layi gal vich baawaan
Dar di maari palak na kholaan
Kitte pher vichhad na jaawan
Tamaam duniya ko dikha baitthe apna jamaalAy Allah, waiz ki bandagi hai jahannum ke khauf se
Maine gunah kiye tujhe ghaffar samajh kar
Woh jahannum bhi mujhe de to karoon shukr ada
Koi apna hi samajh kar to sazaa deta hai
Mujhe Mile Na Mile)
Jannat jo mile, laa kar maikhaane mein rakh dena
Kausar ko mere chhote se paimaane mein rakh dena
Mayyat na meri jaa kar veerane mein rakh dena
Balki paimaanon mein dafnaa kar maikhaane mein rakh dena
Saaqi abhi maikhaane ka dar band na karna
Shaayad mujhe jannat ki hawa raas na aaye
Maine dil diya, pyaar ki hadh thi
Maine jaan di, aitbaar ki hadh thi
Mar gaye hum, khuli rahi aankhen
Yeh mere intezaar ki hadh thi
Aziz Mian had four sons Junaid, Tabreiz, Imran and Faran who all followed in his footsteps. They are very similar in style to Aziz Mian himself and like other sons of famous qawwals,, they perform many of their father’s hits. Tabrez is however considered to be the closest to his father’s style. His looks and his style are a mirror image of his father
on 6 December 2000, Aziz Mian died from complications of hepatitis in Tehran, He was in Iran at the invitation of the iran government, to perform on the occasion of Imam Ali’s death anniversary. He is buried in Multan, on the brink of Nau Bahar… His death anniversary ursis celebrated every year on the first Thursday of May, the urs celebrations commence with the ‘Ghusal’ ceremony conducted by Mian Saheb’s son Shibli Aziz and Rasm e Sandal of Baba Nadir Hussain famously known as ‘Tootan Wali Sarkar’ who is a murid of Aziz Mian. The urs celebrations continue for three days, starting with ‘Ghusal’ followed by ‘Chadar Poshi’ and ‘Mehfil e Samaa’ The urs celebration are organized by Shibli Aziz Mian, who. He is promoting and propagating these spiritual heritage of his father,
Late Aziz Mian, a popular qawwal is one such name that has been erased from music memory. While his contributions to the music industry may be overlooked, what will always be remembered is his unique voice, distinct style of singing and pan-filled mouth. The legendary singer belted out multiple hits in his more than five-decade long career, with Main Sharabi Sharabi and Tari Surat Nighaoun Main Phirti being the most popular. Recordings of his songs such as Allah Hi Jane Kaun Bashar Hai and Nabi Nabi Yaa Nabi Nabi are still available in many qawwali libraries today. “His unique style of singing while performing harmonium was wonderful and he performed in many other countries besides Iran,” mentioned Ali. He was talented and very educated and introduced his own style. Each of his qawwalis was different from the other and that’s what was most entertaining.