They are here …
Musicians will include Ustad Asad Ali Khan of Agra Gharana, Ustad Munawwar Ali Khan (son of Ustad Ba∂ay Ghulam Ali Khan) of Patiala Gharana, Munshi Raziuddin and his sons (Fareed & Abu).
There will also be a host of Shaaérs that I have recorded at home and on my ships in mushaaeraas held in Chittagong. Apart from those there will be some great old poets that many have missed.
On a few occasions we have taped Ismat Chughtai and others reading from their works or talking about life in general. Then there's Nasir Jahan, reciting some lovely kalaam and talking about his encounters with Arzu Lakhnavi and Josh Malihabadi.
The first four sets of CDs were issued this week and are available at T2F:
• Remembering Munshi Raziuddin — A collection of his rare recordings.
• The BITS Sessions (2 CDs) — The almost last concert by Munshi Ji which he did for his lovers.
• Fareed Ayaz & Abu Mohammad — A rare selection of pieces.
• Qamar Jalalvi & Iram Lakhnavi (2 CDs) — Pakistan's finest ghazal writers read their kalaam.
The CDs/DVDs will have the prices marked and we certainly hope that all of you will support this rather difficult job of digitizing from my old tape recordings by buying these and giving them as gifts to people coming from outside Pakistan. Friends outside Pakistan — and there are several who love this stuff in India, USA, UK and more — can ask local people to buy them and send them, too.
Please — if possible — do not copy them. Buy more. Let's have some income with which we can get more people to help in the digitizing and conversions.This is not a business venture and we need to have enough money to keep it going. There's tons of stuff that I want you all to be able to hear. Thanks.