The third death anniversary of famous qawwal Amjad Sabri is being observed today (June 22). Amjad has emerged as quite celebrated and prominent qawaal in the region. After his father, Ghulam Sabri and Uncle Maqbool Ahmed Sabri, he continued their legacy of Qawaali, coupled it up with the chords of present’s musical epoch and taken Qawaali to the new heights of attractiveness and recognition in sub-continent.
His much appreciated recitation was a Naat (praise to Prophet Muhammad P.B.U.H), the legendary, Aye Sabz Gunbad Wale which happened to be his last recitation too. His dua Karam Mangta Hoon, is also a much celebrated master piece. His other works include Main Nazar Karoon Jaan E Jigar, Allah Allah, Dhoom Macha Do, Kaab Ki Raunaq, Kaash Yeh Dua Meri, Ali Mera Dil, Phir Dikha De Haram, Tuloo E Saher Hai Shaam-E-Qalandar and his last Naat Aye Sabz Gumbad Wale.
Sabri’s last musical project was with Coke Studio. He performed an outstanding qawwali, “Aaj Rang Hai” with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan in Episode 7 of Season 9. Sabri’s performance on the platform came out to be his first and last one.
On June 22, 2016, on his way back to home from a morning show, he was shot dead in Karachi. His killers in their confessional statements accused him of alleged blasphemy. People in large numbers attended his funeral and proffered farewell with him much zeal, love and affection.
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17 November, 2019