Mukhtiyar Ali’s voice, has that rare marriage of the masculine and the feminine, a merging of the earthy directness of the folk music and the complex octaves of the classical traditions. Therefore, when one listens to Mukhtiyar, one is transported to a different realm. For a moment, one is able to escape the everyday business of life, with its many distractions and connect to the central message of the Sufis - love.
Mukhtiyar Ali

While Mukhtiyar Ali’s music is rooted in the Sufi tradition, he fearlessly collaborates with versatile contemporary musicians, film directors and singers such as Mathias Duplessy, Vasundhara Das, ShabnamVirmani, Sophia Charai, Ameth Male and Paul Jacob. He has also rendered his voice for film music such as Finding Fanny, Ship of Theseus, Delhi in a day, Bombay Summer, World of Goopi and Bagha and Kadhai (Tamil).

Mukhtiyar Alicrosses boundaries of genres and cultures with ease. Mukhtiyar Ali began his musical journey with SufianaQalam. However, he draws his music from a wide range of inspirations across Rajastan and Punjab in India, and Pakistan.Besides SufianaQalam, he also sings Kafi, Qawwali, Ghazals, Bhajans and KabirVani.

Mukhtiyar Ali
Sufiana Qalam

SufianaQalam is the spiritual music of the Muslim mystics known as Sufis. Mukhtiyarji takes his influence from the traditions of Rajasthan, Punjab in India and Pakistan.


Kafi is a classical form of Sufi poetry that is often a conversation between the soul and the creator. The Kafi tradition has produced some of the finest poets such as Baba Farid, Bulleh Shah and Shah Hussain.

Qawwali, a 700-year old devotional music that used to performed originally in dargahs (sufi shrines) in South Asia. It was made popular all over the world by NusratFateh Ali Khan, who is Mukhtiyar Ali’s greatest inspiration.
Kabir Vani

Kabir is probably the most popular mystic poet across India. His poetry has survived for centuries through musicians like Mukhtiyar Ali, who have preserved and contributed to its evolution.

Ghazals is a poetic form consisting of rhyming couplets and a refrain, with each line sharing the same meter. The central themes are of love and separation.

A Bhajan has no fixed form: it may be as simple as a mantra or kirtan or as sophisticated as the dhrupad or kriti with music based on classical ragas and talas.It is normally lyrical, expressing one’s love for the Divine.
Fakrudeen, our accompanying singer and Harmonium player is from Bilochia town in the district of Ganganagar. He is also from Mirsai community. The Mirassis have preserved this oral tradition of Sufiana Kalam entirely by listening from their ancestors. He has been listening to music from his mother’s womb. He learnt music from the elders of his family. His father Dittu Khan, his grandfather Mone Khan were his first teachers. He later started singing with his Elder brother Kadim Hussain in the villages of Ganganagar at Jaagarans. He is a versatiile srtist, he plays on the Harmonium and also the keyboard and can play many instruments. He has performed with Mukhtiyarji on the Dholak in Germany. He has been with Mukhtiyarji for the last 10 years.
Rakesh Kumar, our Dholak player, is from Vijaynagar town also in Ganganagar District. He belongs to a family of Dholak players. He was tutored by his father Shri Bagadawat Ramji from a tender age of 5. He has been with us for the last three years.
Rakesh Kumar