Qawwali is a form of Sufi devotional music originating from the Indian subcontinent, and notably popular in the Punjab and Sindh regions of Pakistan, according to a fax sent to Iran Daily.
The concert aimed to promote cultural relations between the two brotherly countries of Pakistan and Iran.
More than 500 people including Iranian dignitaries, diplomats in Tehran, scholars, businessmen, university students, members of Pakistani community and media persons attended the event. Islamic Culture and Relations Organization's Director General of Cultural Affairs for Iranian Expatriates Mohammad-Ali Kiani was the chief guest at the event.
Renowned Pakistani Qawwal Fareed Ayaz Abu Muhammad and sons enthralled the audience with Sufi poetry and Qawwali songs of Allama Iqbal and Iranian poets Rumi, Ferdowsi and Hafez in Persian and Urdu. They mesmerized the audience with their heart touching performance. Through their music and lyrics, the Qawwals took the audience with them on a spiritual journey underlining the love of the divine and the love between the Creator and his Creation.
Pakistan's Ambassador in Tehran Riffat Masood welcomed the audience and highlighted the rich historical and cultural ties between Pakistan and Iran and hoped that this humble contribution would help further cement the close relations between the two brotherly countries.
Appreciating the Embassy of Pakistan for arranging the Qawwali concert in Iran, Kiani shed light on the historical, cultural and religious bonds between Pakistan and Iran and said that Qawwali is greatly appreciated by the Iranians and this genre of music brings people together.
The Qawwali event was successful in promoting positive and soft image of Pakistan.