Published on 08 Sep 2015 | about 1 year ago

The delicacy of locking eyes with the beloved and losing one’s heart to him combines in this song with a delightful disregard for social convention, represented by the gossiping neighbourhood women! A song of joyous love and surrender, from the poet Amir Khusro to his spiritual guide, Nizamuddin Auliya, it is sung here in a rousing way by the well-known qawwals Farid Ayaz and Abu Mohammed.

This particular rendition by Farid and Abu Sahab which lasts almost 23 minutes was sung in the Bangalore Festival of Kabir in 2009, and it is remarkable how distinct it is from the 2006 version of this song sung by them, which lasts less than eight minutes! (See . Seen together these videos are a wonderful illustration of how the same qawwali can be so different in different moments and contexts, with different 'shers' interspersing it and with different musical digressions within it. In this rendition, Bulleshah walks merrily into this Amir Khusro poem, and there is even a short 'taraana' towards the end.

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Fariduddin Ayaz and Abu Mohammad are acclaimed qawwals from Karachi, Pakistan and belong to the 700-year-old 'Qawwal Bachchon Ka Gharana' of Delhi. Their main guru has been their father, the legendary qawwal Munshi Raziuddin Ahmed Khan. They sing in Urdu, Sindhi, Punjabi, Pushto, Hindi, Poorbi, Persian, Arabic and Turkish, intermingling with aplomb the voice of Kabir with a range of Sufi poets including Jalaluddin Rumi, Sachal Sarmast, Zaheen Shah and others. Contact them at: +92-300-2105393,

Contact them at: +92-300-2105393,

Song Credits:
Lead Vocals & Harmonium: Fariduddin Ayaz & Abu Mohammed
Chorus & Clapping: Ghulam Akram, Ali Akbar, Gayoor Ahmed,
Moiz-uddin, Mubark Haris, Zarrar Ahmed, Shah Laeegh-uddin, Shehzad Hussain
Dholak: Muhammad Ashfa, Muhammad Nawab Kallan

Translation: Vipul Rikhi

Video Credits:
Cameras: Tahireh Lal & Vinay Dhodgeri
Editing: Shruti Kulkarni
Sound: Dipanshu Mitra
Sub-Titling: Anand Baskaran & Vipul Rikhi
Collection: The Kabir Project

Place: Bangalore, India
Date of Recording: Mar 01, 2009

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