ravings, rantings and ramblings
His music and his songs have always done that. Drowns you and then makes you fly.
Today was a very special moment, when my friend and colleague gave me the best birthday gift ever – a chat with the man himself! So there I was, recording our chat in my radio station studio as Shafqat Amanat Ali wished me. This was a dream! I hadn’t thought of anything like this! I always harboured a secret hope that one day I would interview Shafqat again and tell him all that I haven’t been able to (ref to my earlier post Aankhon Kay Saagar: https://calmdev.wordpress.com/2010/12/12/aankhon-kay-sagar/). Never knew that that wish just came true!
This time, I grabbed the opportunity with both hands. Yes, he knows that I interviewed him first on Indian radio as he came to New Delhi for his first concert. I told him that I have heard Aankhon Kay Saagar , on loop, for three hours. I told him that I got my parents to his first India concert and my wife to his latest in Dubai. I told him that his experimentation with Raag Eamon or Yaman always manages to give the listener a ‘goose-bumpy’ experience. I told him that his ‘revivalist’ efforts of getting literary greats to the current generation is indeed noble. I told him that I carry his music in both my cars, my phone, my laptop, my home theatre system and even on my radio shows.
He hummed me a few lines from Aamir Khusrau’s composition Rang De. And when I requested him for Aankhon Kay Saagar, he just cleared his throat and gave me a rendition that I will cherish for life!
Shafqat, (and now I know he will hear or read this), you will forever remain a classic!