We lost a Qawwal, par ex­cel­lence

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - VINOD DIXIT

The ruth­less as­sas­si­na­tion of fa­mous Qawwal Am­jad Sabri has shocked the whole na­tion. Sabri was a great hu­man be­ing. He was one of the finest qawwals of the coun­try, known for his soul-stir­ring ren­di­tions of mys­tic po­etry. Al­most what­ever the Sabri broth­ers sang be­came an in­stant hit. But some of their most mem­o­rable and fa­mous qawwalis were Bhar Do Jholi Meri, Ta­j­dar-i-Haram and Mera Koi Nahin Hai Teray Siwa.

He en­thralled mu­sic afi­ciona­dos with his brand of spir­i­tu­al­ity, mys­ti­cism and ec­stasy for years. Known as one of the fore­most qawwals of Pak­istan, Sabri who was led into clas­si­cal mu­sic at a young age by his fa­ther was not only well-versed with the struc­ture and aes­thet­ics of qawwali but also knew how to make it adap­tive to the con­tem­po­rary mu­sic keep­ing its essence alive. Peo­ple will re­mem­ber as he reg­u­larly ap­peared on na­tional tele­vi­sion, and had been per­form­ing daily for Ra­mazan trans­mis­sions and one could see that Sabri de­rive com­plete and bliss­ful sat­is­fac­tion from his own mu­si­cal per­for­mances. Mu­sic tran­scends bor­ders. The man will be missed ev­ery­where. Let us re­mem­ber the fine singer through his work and what he en­joyed most — his mu­sic.

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