We chose to omit our faces from this song to show how hands are an important and helpful guide in manoeuvring our vocals, especially for this song!
Today's song features in the British-Indian historical film directed by Gurinder Chadha, 'Viceroy's House' - released in cinemas a few days ago, the film examines the true story of the last Viceory of India faced with the mammoth task of ensuring the transfer of power back to India and it's people, amid the onset of civil war and the prospective creation of a new country to be carved out of India, called Pakistan.
We watched the film yesterday, in which the Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans briefy features for this song
Many vocalists from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh have paid tribute to the Sufi Mystic, 'Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar' in their respective renditions of this timeless Sufi song, originally written by Amir Khusrow and later modified by Baba Bulleh Shah
We dedicate this song to all those who lost their lives, and those who lost loved ones a few weeks ago when a suicide bomber struck at the Sufi Shrine of Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, in Pakistan's Sindh province - Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un : We belong to the Divine and unto the Divine we shall return
This song is in the honor of the Sufi mystic 'Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar'.
Every word of his name has a meaning - he was known as Hazrat (prophet of GOD ), Laal ( he wore red robes/Mothers fondly call their kids as Laal), Shaahbaz ( Shah - King and Baz - Falcon, king of falcons and an Iranian GOD who led them to victory, a divine spirit ), and finally Qalandar (a qalandari - a sufi saint, poet, mystic, noble man ).
He settled in Serwan (Sindh, now in Pakistan ) and tried bringing peace between Hindus and Muslims. Hindus regard him as GOD and reincarnate as well. You can hear many Punjabi singers, singing in his praise. He is also fondly called as Jhulelal.