Qawali maestro ‘Aziz Mian’ remembered on his death anniversary

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Pakistan is observing 19th death anniversary of famous and legendary Qawal Aziz Mian Today (Dec 6). Mian was a Pakistani singer, most famous for his unique style of Qawwalis, is still one of the most popular ‘qawwals’ of South Asia.

He holds unique record of the longest commercially released ‘qawwali, Hashr Ke Roz Yeh Poochhunga’, which runs slightly over 115 minutes.

He was born in Delhi, British India. The exclamation Mian, which he often used in his qawwalis, became part of his stage name. He began to introduce himself as Aziz Mian Mairthi. The word Mairthi refers to Meerut, a city in northern India, from which he migrated to Pakistan in 1947. At the age of ten, he began learning the art of Qawwali under the tutelage of Ustad Abdul Wahid Khan. He received sixteen years of training at the Data Ganj Baksh School of Lahore, and obtained a degree in Urdu literature from the University of Punjab, Lahore.

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