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December 2, 2019

‘Qawwali’ for emotional health, capacity building


December 2, 2019

Islamabad : ‘Qawwal’ Asif Ali Santoo Khan, one of Ustaad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s most successful and recognized students, will perform for a fundraiser organised to collect funds for mental and emotional health of youth and capacity building for low income community. The event will be held today (Monday).

Organised by Rozan, the amount collected through fundraiser 'Nida-e-Darwesh' will be used for Youth Helpline and Community programs that work to raise awareness and build capacity of low income communities to work towards the society they wish for themselves and their children. It will also be used to support and strengthen toll-free Youth Counselling Helpline that provides counselling to youth on emotional and mental health issues.

Established in 2001, Youth Counselling Helpline has received over 61,040 counselling calls from all over Pakistan. These calls are made from urban and rural areas of Pakistan. Cases being dealt with range from clinical depression, anxiety, domestic and sexual violence to academic stress, advice about career choice as well as information about sexual and reproductive health. Under this program, regular supervision and mentoring is provided by experienced mental health professionals on a voluntary basis.

Asif Ali Santoo Khan ‘Qawwal’ is Ganda band Shagird (acknowledged student) of Ustaad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Born in 1973 in Lahore, Asif, in addition to ‘Qawwali’, also performs ‘ghazals’ and other light music.

Asif Ali was born into a family of legendary ‘Qawwals’, being the son of Ustaad Manzoor Hussain Santoo Khan, grandson of the renowned Ustaad Santoo Khan and the great grandson of Moula Baksh ‘Qawwal’. Ustaad Santoo Khan, whom the Maestro of ‘Qawwali’, Ustaad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, himself honoured, was a dervish and had a vision as to who out of his nine grandsons would take the legacy forward. Thereafter, a ceremony was performed and the title ‘Santoo Khan’ was bestowed upon Asif Ali. In 1985 Ustaad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan visited Ustaad Santoo Khan whereby he formed a special bond with young Asif Ali and thereafter Asif Ali became a keen student of this great teacher and developed an extraordinary passion to learn.

Asif will be accompanied by Sachu Khan, one of the most legendary folk and semi-classical Suroz players in the history of Pakistan. He is a towering figure in the local musical tradition.

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