: महफिल; Urdu
; sometimes spelled mahfil
) is a concert of Indian classical music
(particularly Hindustani classical music
), as well as dance
, performed for a small audience in an intimate setting. Historically, mehfil
s were presented in the homes or palaces of royalty or noblemen, who acted as these artists' patrons. Today they are generally given in the homes of especially avid music lovers. Ghazals
are a common genre performed at mehfil
s. Such performances are rarer today than in the past.
Several mehfil performances may be seen in the Satyajit Ray film Jalsaghar (1958).
derives from the Urdu
language, which in turn derives from the Arabic
), which means "gathering to entertain (or praise someone)." Mehfil-e-Naat
is an Islamic mehfil
(forum) in which people sit and recite poetry in the praise of the Prophet Muhammad.