For a lifetime spent scavenging the corners of world wide web for qawwali ,there’s no better reward than a live performance. I do realize there are thousands of wandering souls which could kill if not die reading about the extravaganza.
Delhi is an amazing city, especially in spring. It is musically alive and breathes for couple of months. All you need to enjoy all that is free and awesome is a friend with right kind of connections, a friend who is equally enthusiastic if not more about music. Well, a friend indeed is a friend in need.
Yesterday was another fine Saturday morning in Delhi with clear skies, the perfect weather for an outdoor musical concert in evening. Jashn-e-Khusrau, the ten day long musical festival ended a week ago. Artists from across sub continent performed in events that were spread across venues. It was probably the largest classical music event with great performances by Ustad Naseer-ud-Din Saami, Ustad Shujat Khan, Ustad Shahid Pervez Khan, Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan and Tahira Sayeed.
Reading through quora posts on greatest solo’s ever, I was reminded of three great performances from artists of sub-continent. To me these are finest examples of versatility, spontaneity and perfection. They tear apart the mundanes that is usually associated to Hindustani classical.
The first one is a performance by Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, accompanied by Farukkh Fateh and Ustad Taari Khan at the Washington state university. Here Ustad thrills with his prowess and a six octave vocal range. The song – Dhan Dhan Bhag Hamari Sajni.
Tonight amazement is afresh
like the newborn staring around
with eyes wide-open, eyes that are
yet to see.
The language isn’t foreign.
I never learnt it but fills my
eardrums with wonder. Nusrat mastered
the tongue of unspoken.
Verses contain infinity, wrapping Iqbal’s Khudi.
And if i do find solace
I would forgo it. I am
A Sea of torrents tonight.
The gossips of jibrael, I fail
to grasp yet again. But i dive
into infinity tonight. And if i drown
I would rise again, he promised.
The stars may conspire against me
but I freed them tonight, along with Laila.
Tonight I choose reality over
rationality. I stand tall tonight.