live Concert in islamabad!
A concert of Sufi Qalam by Arieb Azhar held in Lok Virsa, Open Air Theater earlier this month.
Traditional carpet seating was arranged and guests were requested to bring cushion with them, which gave a look of a Mahfil more than a concert where everyone was laying on their pillows and were ready to listen to the exuberant voice of Arieb Azhar, who was accompanied by Famous Tubla player Salman Ajmal.
Azhar started the show with the famous Qalam by Baba Bhulleh Shah, “Vehrhe aa varh mere,” which gave a boost to his extraordinary performance till the end. The songs were bringing the mysticism into the arena as everyone was swinging on the melodious flute and on guitar tunes.
Each and every song was one of its kinds which were adorned by the deep voice of Arieb that took the audience in to another world of spiritualism. The list of songs sung by Azhar was from Sufi poets like Baba Bhulleh Shah, Khwaja Ghulam Farid, Shah Hussain, Hazrat Amir Khusrau and list goes on and on.
Azhar expressed his deep liking for Sufi Qalam. He also informed that his next album will be coming in next spring and will be recorded in Croatia as he lived a part of his life there and is quiet inspired by the creation musicians. .”My next album will be based on Sufi Qalam as was the previous Album,” he added.
There were handful of audience to watch his performance and the rest really missed the opportunity. Azhar said that very few people are aware of the real essence of Sufi Qalam that is why it is not so popular among people. “My first album was not much of a success and that could be a reason of disliking of Sufi Qalam in the market,” he said.
He told Daily Times that concept of new video is all set but he is looking for a financial aid. “I am not a commercial artist and that what makes it harder for me to get a financial aid,” he said. He assured that as soon he gets a green signal from anyone interested, he will make a video.
His performance also included songs from Bosnia known as Sevdah meaning pain of love. He sung two sevdahs which were liked by the audience. I did not know the Bosnian language but the delivery of verses and the music was well knitted.
The songs which make everyone sing along were Nach Dila Hunn by Sarmad Sehbai, Mun Kunto Muala by Hazrat Amir Khusrau and Husn-e-haqiqi by Ghulam Farid. The last song which is all times favorite was “Damma Dum Must Qalandar” that got a round of applause and whistles as a gratitude to his performance.
Director of Lok Virsa said that this concert was just arranged to entertain audience before Ramadan after the holy month a full-fledged Mella will be held which is know as Artisan at Work Festival, an annual cultural folk festival held by the administration of Lok Virsa.