Jewish Journal

For Daniel Pearl, music circles the earth one more time

By Mahim Maher

October 31, 2011 | 2:46 am

In Karachi, qawwal Fareed Ayaz raises his arms as he sings 'Mera Pia Ghar Aya', made famous by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Peter Gabriel in the 1990s. The qawwals sing Sufi poetry and are the Indian Subcontinent's equivalent to opera singers. Ayaz and Abu Muhammad performed for the 10th Daniel Pearl Music Day in Karachi, Pakistan along with Mary McBride and Komal Rizvi. PHOTO COURTESY NEFER SEHGAL OF THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE

Each year an invitation lands on my desk from the US consulate in Karachi for the Daniel Pearl Music Day. And each year I marvel at this phenomenon. Even my... More.