By Zara Mansoor.
It’s just been a year that the famous Qawwal Amjad Sabri left this world and started his journey toward the other world with immortality and eternity. It is unacceptable that it’s been a year he last gave a public performance. He last performed during Ramadan show in sehri transmission. It was heartbreaking to see him lying dead on the road in horrendous condition. His death left everyone in the state of depression. It was really a great setback for the people of Pakistan as they lost their adherent of the Sufi tradition.
Amjad Sabri’s contributions to Pakistan have been immense which tried and almost enriched Pakistani culture. He has brought many laurels, honors for Pakistan and his admirers are all over the world. He was the man who had long mesmerized us by his powerhouse vocals. Everyone just learned to respect this simple man behind a towering legacy.
He despite being diabetic, never let his own shabby conditions deter him from carrying on with his grueling routine. He never permitted his problems to come in his way. He lived a life above worldly emotions, and did not consider his contemporaries as rivals.
Once singer Atif Aslam showed interest in singing the famous Qawwali ‘Tajdar-e-Haram’, which was originally sung by Amjad’s father, Amjad not only permitted him for that, but also praised Atif for delivering a powerful and befitting rendition.
His soulful rendition of ‘Karam maangta hoon, ataa maangta hoon’ is what moves most in our minds — this is a single hymn having some extraordinary depth and artistry which grabs others attention and takes you completely in the world of peace.
It was his style to make balance between this world and the other, and to bring soul and peace to his Qawwalis.
He was a stickler for perfection. His tenor is still ringing in our minds.
Amjad Sabri may not be with us, but his repertoire will continue to enthrall qawwali lovers in all times to come.
Zara Mansoor is student of media studies in Islamabad. She is an article writer and a blogger too.