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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Müjhay 'Eman' Ho Gaya

This is Eman Khatri, my 12-year -old friend.
I got to know her because I know her siblings.

There's the multifaceted eldest sister, Sadia, who wanted to be so many things - ranging from a Scientist to an Astronaut to a Writer - but has, recently, 'settled' on another (temporary?) phase called Girls at Dhabas. She also helped with the images you see on the staircase of T2F if you go there ever. Originally the main images were painted by her younger sister, Fiza, who is a lovely artist. Currently in the USA , she may arrive any day/month/year in Karachi.

Eman is a lovely girl, full of fairly intelligent questions, and understands the answers much more than you'd imagine. Among other things, like reading books, she is very fond of Qavvaali. Her favourite Qavvaal is Subhan Nizami. She's been asking me to take her to a place where she could listen to him.

The answer lay in phoning Subhan and asking that I'd like to come over to his place with a few friends and listen to him for a while. Sunday was the date he chose and we (Sadia, Hadi, Eman, Vishal, Farieha) spent a lovely afternoon there.

When I told Subhan that Eman was his fan he smiled and said to her what she'd like to hear. She said "Ishaq mayñ tayray kohé gham" - surprising him (and tall of us). Subhan kept saying that this was amazing. Here is his rendition that afternoon.

He sang quite a few pieces and then, at the end, I asked him to recite "Man khaaké kafé paaé" … and heard Eman asking for the same piece at the same time.  Here it is.

"How do you know these qavvaalis so well, Eman?"
"I listen to them on the Internet!"

What a girl you are, Eman.

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Blogger Saida HAIDER said...

Zahir sahib I am so grateful to you for sharing these beautiful kalams with me - please give my love to Eeman and tell her I admire her and qawwali will continue living through young people like her - And also please mention that I am also a great fan of Subhan alongwith many other fans he has in France and wish him all the success in the world -thank you Zahir sahib

15 December, 2015 23:05

Blogger Saida HAIDER said...

what an exceptional mehfil - it is the best version of "isha mein tere kohe gham " I have ever heard Subhan seems really inspired ; that shows the importance of the mehfil - very very nice

15 December, 2015 23:55

Blogger Riffat Zareen said...

Wah ! What a beautiful, 'Eman' :) Hope to meet her one day. It was great to hear Subhan and would love to hear him again in LHE :)

16 December, 2015 17:02

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