Ustad Rashid Khan
A gorgeous collection of nirgun bhajans sung by the eminent artiste Ustad Rashid Khan. When I purchased this album I automatically thought these would be Kabir dohes so associated is he with the concept of nirgun (the formless ground of all being). In actuality, these are contemporary compositions by Kavi Narayan Agarwal.
In Hindu/Sikh philosophy there are two two types of God: sargun, which takes form and nirgun that which remains eternal and formless and void. The word, nirgun, is made from the two roots ‘nir‘ which means ‘without’ and ‘gun‘ which means ‘material or physical form’ or ‘attribute’ or ‘quality’ or ‘merit’. So these two combined means “without form” or “without quality” or “without merit”. When referring to God it means “un-manifest” or “without attributes”, “without physical form.
No more words are needed for this lovely music. This is music for absorption and reflection and peace, not for analysis and description.
01 Prabhu Ki Preeti Jagi
02 Subah Shaam Tera Naam Japu Main
03 Tum Ho Aadi Tum Ho Anth
04 Yeh Andhiyara Mit Jaayega
I picked this CD up in a second-hand shop in Copenhagen. I am not able to find much if anything about these Afghan singers, who appear to sing both in Pashto and Dari.
Charikar, from which they or their ancestors come, is a major town in the northern province of Parwan, also know as the gate to the Panshir Valley. That valley, of course, is famous as the hideout of Ahmad Shah Massoud the Lion of the Panshir. A legendary leader of his people he struggled against the Soviets and later, his own countrymen in the form of the Taliban before being assassinated by ‘journalists’ just two days before the 9/11 attacks in 2001.
This is unadulterated Afghan folk music. There is nothing slick about it. It the raw sound of the rubab, dotaar and dafal and the keening voices of traditional folk singers.
Lovely and elemental.
01 Chicha Kaku
02 Pari paikar
04 Khair Nabini (I hope no blessings come your way)
05 Sabza Narinji (Green Orange)
06 Dil Man Az Rai (My Heart is broken)
07 Tu Kuja Mirawi (Where are you going?)
08 Shomali (Northerner)
09 Jaan Mun Bala Bibin (Dear, look up at me)
10 Humdam Jani (Companion, dear)