Hyderabad: The crowd burst into thunderous applause when Warsi Brothers sang `Ha se Hindu, ma se Muslim, ha aur ma se hum' at the University of Hyderabad.

Nazeer Ahmed Khan Warsi and Naseer Ahmed Khan Warsi famously called `Warsi Brothers' along with six accompanists took the audience to the mesmerizing world of hope, love, and harmony.

Sporting grey kurta and a black topi, the brothers played their harmoniums and sang their hearts out. The six accompanists, dressed in a black kurta and a black topi, clapped or played tabla and sang along in the chorus.

They started with a Sufi kalam of Amir Khusro and went on to perform Kabir Das's poem. Peppered with their own improvisations, the brothers also rendered the popular, melodious Amir Khusro poetry Chaap Tilak.

When the brothers paused in between to repeat and emphasize the lines of love, and harmony, the crowd too awaited eagerly only to cheer them afterward.

When the qawwals finally performed 'Duma Dum, Mast Kalandar, the crowd was jolted to an exciting mood, clapping along and dancing to the rhythm of the song. "Qawwali mein wo effect hein jisse aatma jeevith hothe hein. Pett ka bhojan toh sab khathe hei, aatma ka bhojan kya hai? Yaheen hai," says Naseer Ahmed Khan Warsi.

At a time, when communal conflicts are increasing in society, Warsi Brothers feel that the art form has also become more relevant. "Haan, aajkal Hindu-Muslim talks thoda zyada ho raha hai. Sabko jodne ki cheez hai qawwali. Toh hamari toh yehi koshish rahthi hai ki sab pyar se rahe, sab milke rahe, aapas mein koi bhed bhav na ho, aur sab acchha rahe," says Naseer Ahmed Khan Warsi.

Warsi Brothers of Hyderabad belong to an 800-year-old Gharana of classical Sufiana qawwals. They jointly received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2014 for their contribution to qawwali. The duo has performed concerts in a number of cities as well as in many other countries.

Throughout the mehfil, the Warsi Brothers repeatedly reminded one message, "Sabse pehle hum insaan hain."

Nimisha S Pradeep

Hailing from Palakkad, Kerala, Nimisha completed her MA in Communication (with a specialization in Print and New Media) from the University of Hyderabad. She has interned with The Hindu Metroplus, Chennai and The Sentinel, Assam. She was a fellow of the NFI Fellowship for Independent Journalists in 2021. In 2015, she attended the Jenesys Student Exchange Programme in Japan. She firmly believes in the power of words and the impact it can make on society. She looks forward to using her career in journalism to voice the issues of minorities. Her interest areas include gender, women and society. She pursues travel, photography, and music in her leisure time.

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