The Entrancing Stories of Qawwali, unveiled
like never before
Twenty years of filmmaking, culminating in the ultimate Qawwali documentary series. Three hours of carefully curated, never before published material.
All made possible by viewers like you, and offered exclusively here through Samā School of Music!
Travel with Fanna-fi-Allah
Follow the unique journey of the only Western-born Qawwali ensemble as they travel between India & Pakistan for 20 years to learn from the Grand Masters.
Serving as a bridge for greater understanding and connection, this documentary series offers a comprehensive and artistic view into the rich topics below:
Receive the gems of mystic wisdom
passed down through the ancient
Enraptured with enthusiasm to learn true Qawwali, Fanna-fi-Allah's unique adventures blossom into a global community
Meet the living legends and the masters of the past, as the group members are invited into their homes
How was the tradition born, and who influenced the music to evolve to such exalted heights?
The Devotional Gathering
Experience Qawwali in its original setting, and understand the ethics and culture that support it
Feel the warmth of the people who live within this cultural heritage, having cherished it for hundreds of years
Our Journey Begins
Fanna-fi-Allah's founder and leader Tahir Qawwal takes you back to the sacred places that birthed his passion for music. The group guides you to the dargah to experience Qawwali in its authentic setting. Sufi scholars Peer Asim Maharvi (Chishtiyan, Pakistan) and proclaimed author Sadia Dehlvi (New Delhi, India) offer insightful perspectives on Sufism.
A Call to Prayer
Follow along as the Seekers find their Masters and are welcomed into their families, kindling a deeper personal relationship with Sufi culture. Qawwali master Akhtar Shareef brings the group to his local shrine Aroop Shareef in Gujranwala, Pakistan for a smashing Qawwali session.
Searching for Guidance
Sages offer guidance on the path of learning, sharing intricate wisdoms within the musical and spiritual realms. The dream to visit legendary Sufi singer Abida Parveen in her home in Islamabad comes true. Meet the younger generation growing up in Qawwali families and maturing into revered artists.
Episode Two: A Call to Prayer
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Mast! Mast! Mast!
Travel into the heart of Sufi trance as the journey finds us in Kaliyar Shareef and Sehwan Shareef, where dervishes whirl in ecstasy. Discover how women find their creative and artistic expression in an outwardly masculine culture.
Instruments in the Making
Harmoniums and tablas are carefully handmade by expert craftsmen, each with unique stories of their own. We visit Aminah's teacher Ustad Dildar Hussain in his home, where he plays tabla with Ustad Mansoor Santoo Hussain Khan's group. Hear the eldest Qawwal speak on the mysticism of music, shortly before his passing.
The Masters, Remastered
Time travel back to the Golden Era of Qawwali, remastered in high fidelity. Be introduced to the legends of old, whose virtuosity and charisma remain largely unsurpassed. Narrated by the most adored Qawwals of all time, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Ustad Ghulam Farid Sabri.
The Origins of Qawwali
Investigate the origins of this music, as it emerged during the arrival of Islam to the Hindustani subcontinent in the 13th century. Peer Salman Chishti tells the story of the world's most visited Sufi pilgrimage site, Ajmeer Shareef in India. Featuring the music of Ustad Rizwan Muazzam Ali Khan, Ustad Faiz Ali Khan, Ustad Sher Mehr Ali Khan and Ustad Zakir & Zaki Ali Khan.
Qawwali Reaches Beyond Borders
Twenty years later, Fanna-fi-Allah has blossomed into a bridge for Qawwali's cultural heritage, having shared this music and their journey within its original context to distant and unlikely places across the world. Offered widely, from the remote Dargah Bhit Shah in Sindh & Hindu temples throughout Pakistan; via Siberian plateaus to Chinese World Music Festivals & The Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, this music continues to inspire people of all background to unite in devotion to the Beloved.