Shujaat Khan - Unforgettable Sufis
Timeless Poetry of Kabir and Amir Khusrau
Two of the most prominent advocates of Sufism are Sant Kabir and Hazrat Amir Khusrau. The mystic poets may have been separated by a century (Khusrau was born in the XIV century and Kabir in the XV century), there is a common thread running through their poetry, an expression of the highest philosophy saying that God is within every man.
Hazrat Amir Khusrau, a disciple of Nizamuddin Auliya of Delhi, mainly wrote in Persian and Hindustani. He has often been hailed as the ‘father of qawwali’ and is credited with introducing Persian and Arabic elements to Hindustani music. His contribution to the development of the ghazal in India is significant. Like Kabir, he truly believed that religion is not about rituals but is rather a way of life. His dohas resonate with devotion to God and talk about love of the supreme kind (‘moko kahan dhundr re bande’).
These two Sufi poets have always held the fascination of the sitarist Ustad Shujaat Husain Khan, son and disciple of the sitar maestro Ustad Vilayat Khan. Shujaat Husain Khan is one of the greatest North-Indian classical musicians of his generation. He belongs to the Imdadhkhani gharana of the sitar and his style of playing this instrument, known as the gayaki ang, is imitative of the subtleties of the human voice.
Shujaat Khan's musical pedigree extends seven generations. His father, Ustad Vilayat Khan, his grandfather, Ustad Inayat Khan, his great-grandfather, Ustad Imdad Khan, and his great-great-grandfather, Ustad Sahebdad Khan, were all leading artists of their respective generations.