Wednesday, March 14, 2018

My life in Rabindranath Tagore's words

'India has two aspects - in one she is the householder, in the other a wandering ascetic. The former refuses to budge from the cosy nook, the latter has no home at all. I find both of these within me. I want to roam about and see all the wide world, yet I also yearn for a sheltered little nook, like a bird with its tiny nest for a dwelling and the vast sky for flight' - Rabindranath Tagore My Life in My Words
That is a standard of the Chisti Sufi Order in my photo. It was taken in the dargah (shrine) of the Chisti saint Muhammad Nizamuddin Auliya in the old Muslim quarter of Delhi. One of the most revered Sufi saints, Nizamuddin Auliya (1238 – 1325) was responsible for the Chishti Sufi Order spreading through India, and was the spiritual master of Amir Khusro (1253–1325). Khusro is regarded as the father of qawwali, which is still performed every Thursday evening in the dargah. The scourge of Partition meant that qawwali migrated to Pakistan along with the majority of the sub-continent's Muslims, and qawwali is now regarded as a Pakistani tradition despite its origins in Delhi. My soundtrack is Jaadu (Magic), the celebration of Tagore's two faces of the sub-continent created by acclaimed qawwali Faiz Ali Faiz from Pakistan and French cultural gypsy Titi Robin. Sample their magic below:



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