Lok Virsa pays rich tribute to Am­jad Sabri

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES -

IS­LAM­ABAD—Na­tional In­sti­tute of Folk and Tra­di­tional Art, Lok Virsa on Thurs­day paid rich tribute to leg­endary Qawwal Am­jad Sabri in a ref­er­ence held here at Lok Virsa Me­dia cen­ter. The fa­mous Laal Band from Lahore and Bakhshi brothers per­formed Qawwali to pay tribute to Am­jad Sabri.

Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Dr Fouzia Saeed and large num­ber of peo­ple from dif­fer­ent walks of life at­tended the func­tion.

The par­tic­i­pants strongly con­demned the killing of Am­jad Sabri and said that the cul­prits in­volved in this heinous in­ci­dent were the en­e­mies of peace and hu­man­ity.

They ex­pressed their heart­felt grief and sor­row over the tragic in­ci­dent and paid rich tribute to the ser­vices of Am­jad Sabri in Qawali.

They prayed almighty Al­lah to rest the de­parted soul in eter­nal peace and grant the courage to be­reaved fam­ily to bear the ir­repara­ble loss with equa­nim­ity.

Am­jad Sabri was born on De­cem­ber 23, 1976 to a house­hold which was fa­mous for qawwal, the tra­di­tional form of mu­sic as­so­ci­ated with de­vo­tion to holy per­son­al­i­ties in Is­lam.

His fa­ther was Ghu­lam Fa­reed Sabri and he is the nephew of Maq­bool Sabri. To­gether, Maq­bool and Ghu­lam Fa­reed formed the duo of the Sabri brothers, who went on to garner na­tional and in­ter­na­tional ac­claim.

Am­jad Sabri pre­sented the work of his fa­ther and un­cle in a new light, which helped the younger gen­er­a­tion con­nect to qawwali, some­thing which had not hap­pened ear­lier.

‘Ta­j­dar-E-Haram’, ‘Mera Koyi Nahi Teray Siwa’ and ‘Bhar Do Jholi’ were some of the works of the renowned Sabri fam­ily which were sung in a more dif­fer­ent and unique way by Am­jad Sabri. His death is in­deed a great loss not just for Pak­istan’s Mu­sic in­dus­try but also for the fans of Qawwali’s around the world. He is one of the finest qawwal and glob­ally known for his tal­ent.—APP

A young boy washes a car to earn some liveli­hood for his fam­ily.

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