ISLAMABAD:Famous Qawal Aziz Mian was remembered on the occasion of his 18th death anniversary on Thursday.
Aziz Mian was known for his style that did not remind listeners of any other performer of the music genre.
Late Mian was conferred upon Pride of Performance by the government of Pakistan in 1989. Aziz Mian was born `Abdul Aziz’ on April 17, 1942 in Delhi. He migrated to Pakistan at the time of independence.
He was an alumni of University of Punjab in Lahore and educated himself in Persian, Urdu literature and Arabic.
Unlike several Qawwals, Aziz Mian wrote his own lyrics besides reciting those of different poets. It is only in 1966 after spending years under tutelage of Abdul Wahid Khan of Lahore starting from age ten that he would deliver his first breakthrough performance.
The first time Aziz Mian tasted admiration at a mass level when he was awarded a gold medal by then Shah of Iran as he had performed before him at a ceremony.
Before that, he was normally referred to as the `fauji qawwal’ as he would be invited to different army camps and installations to perform for the troops. Sufi recitations, Qawwalis and music art groomed the best, as different experts agree, in 1970s when Sabri brothers and Aziz Mian would `own’ their audiences alike. According to his will, he was laid to rest in the land of Sufis, Multan.
He was known for singing ghazals in a unique style of Qawwali.
The Government of Pakistan awarded him the Pride of Performance in 1989 in recognition of his services in philosophy and music.—APP