On the occasion of world music day, Pakistan's legendary classical vocalist Ustad Naseeruddin Saami says that music can help spread peace and love between the two countries.
"Music has great power. It can heal even deepest of wounds," the legendary 'Khayal' vocalist said, stressing that it could help bring the people of India and Pakistan together.
"Hum sur kay saath baat kartey hein (we talk through our music)," Saami, who was in India for about a month giving performances, told PTI.
He was in the country on the invitation of Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture (SPICMACAY).
The 66-year-old 'Khayal' singer of the "Dilli Gharana" says that classical singing should be promoted among the younger generation.
"I feel classical singing has great powers. It can not only help bring the people of the two nations together, but it can also help wean away our younger generation from the ills afflicting the modern society," he said.
He said that the present generation was madly after Western music because "we do not teach them our own music forms. We need to cultivate a taste for these forms among the youth".
"It is not that the younger generation does not want to learn these forms. When I was in Cuttack for a performance, I was pleasantly surprised to see a group of about 1500 people, mostly youngsters, who were keen to know more about Khayal and other forms of classical singing," he said.
Speaking about his childhood days, Saami said he obtained training from his late uncle, the eminent Munshi Raziuddin.
He also obtained further training under the elders of the Dilli Gharana, Sardar Khan, Pyaray Khan and Iftikhar Ahmed Khan.
Saami attaches great importance to the historic traditions of his art. His style of singing is called 'Shudh Bani'.
"I am a strict practitioner of my inherited musical philosophy? that of maintaining and believing in the purity of 'Sur' (melody of notes) because Ragas demand Sur," said Saami, who performs other elements of classical music like Thumri, Sadra and Kajri with versatility, which is distinctive of his Gharana.
Saami said that his ancestors founded the school of music known as the "Dilli Gharana" while his ancestor Miyan Samaat had the privilege of being the disciple of Hazrat Amir Khusrao.
"I was born in Delhi and lost my parents early. My uncle groomed me. We are closely related to another great musician Qutub Baksh, also known as Ustad Tan Ras Khan, the legendary composer and vocalist of the Dilli school, who perfectly blended various aspects of the Khayal," he said.
Kesariya Balam, Padharo Maro Des - Maand
Eng Trans: O saffron-hued lover, step into my country
Fr Trans:Oh mon amour viens donc, Viens chez moi
recital by Ustad Naseeruddin Saami
CHANT SINDHI DU DESERT
Padaro maro deis Viens dans ma patrie
Eh Dhola aavo na
Oh mon amour viens donc
Padharo maro deis
Viens chez moi
Kesaria balam aavo na
ô mon bien-aimé , mon chéri , viens donc
Oonche charh kar dekhti aur hathan leti phool
Je monte sur une hauteur en tenant à la main des fleurs
Jo aata us se poochti,mora sajan hai kitni door
A tous ceux qui viennent je demande à quelle distance se trouve l'élu de mon coeur
Kesaria balam aavo na ,padharo maro deis
ô mon bien aimé viens donc, viens chez moi
Aa sajan more nainann mein so palak dhaamp taa hai loon
Viens ô mon amour dans mes yeux,que je te cache avec mes paupières
Na mein dekhoon aur koi sa,na tohe dekhann doon
ainsi je ne regarderai nul autre,et ne laisserai personne te voir
Ab to aaja ba khuda paas koi ghair nahin
Enfin viens ,par Dieu il n'y a personne d'autre ici
Ik teri yaad aur ye shab tanhai
Il ne reste plus que ton souvenir et cette nuit de solitude
Ghuncha hai,gul hai;sabza hai,abre bahaar hai
Il y a le bourgeon,la rose,la verdure,la promesse du printemps
Sab jamaa ho chuke hein ,tera intezar hai
Tous sont réunis et n'attendent plus que toi
Mme Saida Haider
aaja sajan more nainan me, so palak dhanp tohe lun
naa mai dekhun aur kisee, aur naa tohe dekhan dun. :-)
Rajastani folk song "Kesariya Balam" is sung here by classical singer Ustad Naseeruddin Saami.
Originally from the Delhi Gharana, Saami is from Karachi, Pakistani.
His mentors were his Ustad and uncle Munshi Raziuddin. Ustad Sardar Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed and Piaray Khan whom he avidly follows. Saami saheb also happens to be married to the daughter of Raziuddin and his son Rauf Saami thankfully follows in his footsteps and has recently opened a school of music based in Defence, Karachi.
comment by mfarazqq on Youtube:
Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali once said: "There would be no hate and division of hearts in sub-continent if one member of each family in the sub-continent were to learn classical music"..
Sir jee Sangeet mian bari taqat hai.. ye kaise dil se nafrat dur karti hai.. Lata Jee ya Rafi ko suntay hue hum sab bhool jetay hain.. jis tarah aap loog bade gulam ali ya yahan aur dosray singers ko suntay hue sab nafrat ki batain bhool jatay hoo..
Sarhad par se aapka ik bhai..
True. This is one amazingly moving rendition. However, equally heart warming are the comments of love, peace and mutual respect on this page by music lovers of two neighbouring countries. I would request viewers to share this with friends and the younger generation to spread peace, love and harmony amongst us all. Too many tears shed, too much blood spilt, many lives lost....its now time to bury the hatchet and come together. Live and let live! Thank you Arifbhai!
DhirenJ2009 1 day ago DhirenJ2009