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Published on 01 Mar 2009 | over 9 years ago

Shah Hussain شاہ حسین was born in 1538 and died in 1599 in Lahore لاہور (currently the capital of Punjab province of Pakistan). His tomb is near the Shalimar Gardens شالیمار باغ of Lahore. Shalimar Gardens were built in 1641-1642 by Shah Jahan شاہ جہان , the Mughal Emperor who also built Taj Mahal تاج محل in Agra, India. Shah Hussains death anniversary or Urs عرس is celebrated in Lahore as Mela-e Charaaghaan میلۂ چراغاں or the Festival of Lamps. Charaagh چراغ is a small oil based lamp made of clay. It is one of the major annual celebrations in Pakistani Punjab when charaaghs are lit in the Shalimar Gardens. Shah Hussain is considered to be one of the pioneers of kafi کافی writing. Kafis are poems, mostly in Punjabi, Saraiki, and Sindhi which are based on Sufi themes. Shah Hussains kafis are short poems in which each single line is a unit and contains a refrain (radeef) and/or rhyme (qafia).

In the kafi uploaded here, a young woman narrates to her mother the pains and sorrows of her separation.

The Singer: Hamid Ali Bela حامد علی بیلا

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