Aziz Mian Qawwal (April 17, 1942 – December 6, 2000) was one of one of the more traditional Pakistani Qawwals. His voice was raspy and powerful, yet this was not the sole reason for his success. Aziz Mian was not only a master musician but was also the only prominent Qawwal to write his own lyrics (though, like others, he also performed songs written by other poets).
Aziz Mian was born as Abdul Aziz in Delhi, British India. The exclamation, Mian, which he often used in his Qawwalis, became part of his stage name. At the age of ten, he began learning the art of Qawwali under the tutelage of Ustad Abdul Waheed Khan. He received sixteen years of training at the Data Ganj Baksh School of Lahore. Aziz Mian obtained M.A. degrees in Arabic, Persian, Persian literature, Urdu literature, and History from the University of Punjab, Lahore.
He is responsible for the longest commercially released Qawwali, Hashr Ke Roz Yeh Poochhunga, which runs slightly over 115 minutes and was originally released on two cassettes.
He was fond of discussing religious and Sufi paradoxes in his Qawwalis. He directly addressed Allah and complained about the misery of man (the greatest creation of the Almighty). Most of the poetry in which Aziz Mian addressed Allah was written by Allama Iqbal.
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