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Commentary: This song, which has been popular in the Indian subcontinent for centuries, is based on a poem by the Chishti Sufi and musical genius, Amir Khusro, which was later modified by the great Panjabi Sufi poet Bulleh Shah. The song's lyrics honor and revere (but do not worship) 'Ali ibn Abi Talib, to whom virtually all Sufi orders trace their lineage, as well as the famous 12th century Sufi saint of Sindh, Lal Shahbaz Qalandar.
*A Qalandar is a type of wandering Sufi or dervish who would often live in the wilderness and wear tattered clothes.
Lal Shahbaz Qalandar was one such Sufi.
**Drunkenness here refers not to intoxication from alcohol, but to the ecstatic state of remembrance of God.
As the famous verse of the Egyptian Sufi poet Ibn al-Farid says:
"In remembrance of the beloved, we drank wine;
we were drunk with it even before the creation of the vine."
Words: Amir Khusro & Bulleh Shah
Music: Traditional Islamic (Sufi Qawali)
Performed and arranged by Sami Yusuf
Sitar performed by Krishna Kumar
Tabla & Dholak performed by Sanu CS
Harmonium: Berny PJ
Qawwali Vocalists: Riaz Hussain, Syed Hasnain and Ali Mahdi
Recorded @ Andante Studios
Mixed & Mastered by Vishnu Rajan @ Andante Studios
Video Editing & Post Production @ Andante Studios
Colour Grading @ Elements Cine Productions
Additional Aalap: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Directed by Saleh Nass @ Elements Cine Productions
DOP: Vedran Rapo
Published by Andante Records Administered by Fairwood Music (UK) Ltd for the World
*Special Thanks are due to the late Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan who popularized this legendary piece. May he rest in peace.
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