Kabir: Ustad Rashid Khan

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It is a day of cold rain and biting wind. The sort of day it is best to stay inside.  And not only in the physical sense but spiritually as well. Winter, when we hunker down, is a good time to explore the inner realms and so today we put the spotlight on the poetry of Kabir, the weaver of Kashi.

 

Nirgun, is the name of the record and it refers to the school of thinking that holds that God has no attributes. Or, none that can be reasonably described by man.  Nirgun was at the heart of Kabir’s philosophy which disregarded Hindu and Muslim ritual and dogma in favour of personal experience.

 

All say what is written in the scriptures, I say what I have seen by my eyes

 

By assembling the pebbles of stones, the ‘Masjid’ has been erected. The Mullah, climbing on it, cries and calls God. Has God ever been Deaf?

 

Where do you search me? I am with you Not in pilgrimage, nor in icons, Neither in solitudes Not in temples, nor in mosques Neither in Kaba nor in Kailash I am with you o man, I am with you Not in prayers, nor in meditation, Neither in fasting Not in yogic exercises, Neither in renunciation Neither in the vital force nor in the body, Not even in the ethereal space Neither in the womb of Nature, Not in the breath of the breath Seek earnestly and discover, In but a moment of search. Says Kabir, Listen with care, Where your faith is, I am there.

 

Ustad Rashid Khan of Moradabad is considered the foremost classical singer in India at the current time. He belongs to the Rampur-Sahaswan gharana, and is the great-grandson of gharana founder Inayat Hussain Khan.

In a story told in several versions, it appears that Pandit Bhimsen Joshi said at one point, that Rashid Khan was the “assurance for the future of Indian vocal music”. He was awarded the Padma Shri, as well as the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2006.

Nirgun

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Track Listing:

 

01 Prabhu Ki Preeti Jagi

02 Subah Shaam Tera Naam Japu Main

03 Tum Ho Aadi Tum Ho Anth

04 Yeh Andhiyara Mit Jaayega

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