I am in the United States for a few days to tend to final arrangements around my father who passed away in early August. As I spend time with my family and reflect on his life and impact I am naturally overcome with memories.
Yad, is the Hindi/Urdu word for memory or remembrance. And as I was preparing some material for the service later this week I searched my system for some appropriate music to listen to. Almost as if by design, I came across this mixtape I made a long time ago, which I had given the name Yad.
It is a good one. Beyond a diverse survey of ghazal, qawwali, bhajan, and geet I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this collection includes a number of poignant selections, not just the lovely title track by Rajasthani group, Musafir.
Track 5, Kiski Avaz Hai Ye Kaun Hai, Track 3, Ab Dekh Ke Ji Ghabrata, and Track 22, Koi Sunta Hai Gurgyani have got me feeling the significance of this moment.
But that’s just me. Those particular tracks, like all twenty-two, (more than 2 hours of wonderful music!) are not morbid or mournful songs. Rather they are expressions of the lively vibrancy of life as well as the the joy and zest of being alive that South Asian music encapsulates so dramatically.
Selected artists are both widely known as well as rather obscure. They hail from Afghanistan, India, Bengal and Nepal and as I mentioned above, cover the bases from the spiritual to secular (even military) sides of life!
Enjoy. I know I am!
01 Yad [Musafir]
02 Heer Te Ranjhe Di Mulaqaat [Alam Lohar]
03 Ab Dekh Ke Ji Ghabrata [Attaullah Khan Niazi]
04 Dard dil [Jaipur Kawa Brass Band]
05 Kiski Avaz Hai Ye Kaun Hai [Jafar Hussain Khan Badayuni Qawwal]
06 Chor poreche babur bagane [Purna Chandra Das Baul & Ensemble]
07 Mahi Fouji [Mundri Lal]
08 Agaya Tu Phool Banke [Swarn Yamla Jatt]
09 Kya Haal Suranwan [Suraiya Multanikar]
10 Govinda Bhajan [J Mevandy]
11 Choon Nay Ba Nawa Amad [Nashenas]
12 Bhapang [Sama Khan, Natih Ram and Group]
13 Kis Cheez Ki Kami Hai Maula Teri Gali Mein [Sodhal Faqir Laghari]
14 Shaikh Ayaz Kalam [Jiji Zarina Baloch]
15 Mustang [Sur Sudha]
16 Jagga Jameya Thay Milan Vadhaiyan [Master Dilbahar]
17 Punal Paindi Thee Wal (Baba Ghulam Farid) [Zahida Parveen]
18 Zolrawar Bagh [Hakkam Khan]
19 Jugni [Swarn Noora]
21 Hum Jo Tareek Rahon Mein [Zia Mohyeddin]
22 Koi Sunta Hai Gurgyani [Prahlad Singh Tipanya]