Whenever I listen to Jafar Husain Khansaheb I am reminded of an old discussion about ras.
Not just the ras that is similar to nectar or sheera, words often used to describe the sweetness of singing, but also the ras which is the mood of the raag being sung. Whatever Khan saheb may be lacking in loudness he more than compensates with the ras in the recital of melody. "Mast Qalandar" is one such example of a sufiana kalam that is meant to be sung with much gusto and a powerful passion. So much so that often it gets the listener to beysaakhta stand up and start to dance. Khansaheb may not inspire you to dance, yet the style of this special recital will touch the heart through the feelings conveyed.