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In Praise Of Baba Sheikh Fareed - Nfa Khan

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Here is a qwaal from Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in praise of Sheikh Fareed Shakar Ganj - It has always been a favourite of mine - I love the use of Language and the way it builds up - wonderful !

It's from the Eid Concert held in Small Heath park , Birmingham UK in 1989

Mangabat-i-Fareed - in Praise of Fareed


If you like this you will love the complete concert - it was shown on BBC 2 in 1989 - The video includes a brief intro about Sufi and qwaali - including a brief glimpse of Ajmer Shareef - and some great footage of devotees in 'Mastt'. The concert includes 'Allah hoo' , 'Mangabat-i- Fareed' , 'Mast Qalander' ,'Mast Nazron' and 'Nit Khair Mangan'.

An interesting fact in the interview is that Nusrat Fateh ali Khan's family originally came from Afghanistan and then came to live in Jalandhar Punjab - so he is a fellow Doabi !

a great Concert !


Enjoy ! It's an amazing concert - I never get sick of watching it and I've had it for 18 years !

Here are some pictures ( I like to give 'value for money' in my posts !)

Here is the 'Chilla' of Sheikh Fareed in Faridkot - which owes it's name to Baba Farid - there is a legend that says that when Mokal the Bhatti rajput Chief was building the Fort, he forced the masses to do 'begar' free labour - Baba Fareed was also forced to do hard manual labour - however when he carried a basket of mud it floated above his head - when the chief found out - to atone for the sin of putting a saint to work he named the city 'Faridkot' . The Chilla commemorates this.

The Chilla


a painting of the Legend


The Dargah of Sheikh Baba Farid - Shakar Ganj - Pak Pattan Pakistan


For More Info try here ;


Ranjit Singh 'Freed'

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