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Akhtar Sharif Qawwal  
Sufiana Qawwalli - Pakistan  
Akhtar Sharif Husain is a fourth-generation qawwal, in a succession which spreads over a century.




Akhtar Sharif Husain and his group belong to the sufi Chishti order and are the official qawwals for the temple of Data Ganj Bakhsh (patron saint of Lahore) and the only performers allowed in its sanctuary. The group’s repertoire includes Sufi texts in Punjabi, Purbi and Persian, the qawwali liturgical languages of the Punjab. They also have a large repertoire in Urdu, as well as some rare texts in Arabic.

  The group is primarily influenced by Baba Bullhe Shah and Khwaja Ghulam Farid, as well as the essential texts of Amir Khusraw, the creator of qawwali as we know it today.