Qawwal Amjad Sabri, son of Ghulam Farid Sabri, was killed when unknown gunmen opened fire on his car in Karachi. He made news in India in relation with the Salman Khan film Bajrangi Bhaijaan due to copyright issues with the song ‘Bhar Do Jholi’, attributed to his late father. He is said to have inherited the quality of his father’s voice — a rich baritone — and talent for qawwali. Known as one of the foremost qawwals of Pakistan, Amjad Sabri was initiated into classical music at a young age by his father.
He said in an interview, “The hardest part was being awakened at 4.00 am. Most riyaz is done in Raag Bhairon and this is an early morning raag. My mother would urge our father to let us sleep but he would still wake us up. Even if we had slept after midnight, he would get us out of bed, instruct us to make wuzu, perform tahajjud prayers, and then take out the baja. And he was correct in doing so because if a raag is rendered at the correct time, the performer himself enjoys it to the fullest”.
Amjad Sabri, indeed, enjoyed himself to his fullest during his musical performances. Let us remember the fine singer through his work and what he enjoyed most — his music.