The closest a voice can ever get to God. This below is my favourite video of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Saab rendering Nit Khair Manga.
The video is 14 mins , 14 seconds, and has been split up into two for upload on youtube.
The buildup,the wresting for the centre stage voice, the moments in which Ustad just forgets every other voice. The wary way in which the Chelas sing, and yet with so much elan and gusto. Such beauty and discipline in the chaos! It is a wonder everything and everyone fits together so well
I saw this in an engineering hostel room some ten years back, and I was stunned. Me and best mate had been fans of Khan saab for a while. But in here, it made me ache to see him live. To feel what he does to the air around him when he closes his eyes and sings!
That is one pain that I shall always feel. Not being able to attend a live concert of Khan Saab.
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