A Rare Gem from Pakistan

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Timelessness is a quality every artist hopes to achieve in his or her work. Many have, but often as posthumous acknowledgement. Rarely does a piece, even a masterpiece, completely capture the imagination of an audience so well as to distil the spirit of centuries into a few eternal moments. Umaraan langhiyaan pabbaan bhar, a Punjabi poem is one of those rarest of gems.

Best known as a song, the poem was set to music and first performed by Pakistani singer Asad Amanat Ali Khan in 1975. It has gone on to become one of the best loved songs to come out of Pakistan and is still capturing new audiences today, almost a decade after Asad Amanat’s passing in 2007. [Read the rest of my Sunday Sounds column for this week]

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