KARACHI, June 12 (TNS): The murderer of Amjad Sabri might have been under the impression that he is ending the illustrious Qawwal’s life, but what he did not know when he pulled the trigger was that the renowned Qawwal would live on in the hearts of his fans forever.
Monday marked the first death anniversary of the Qawaal Amjad Farid Sabri, who was one of the most revered artists among the Sabri brothers.
Last year, on 16th Ramazan, the heavenly voice was silenced in a targeted killing in Liaquatabad in Karachi. The killing was claimed by a splinter group of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan who had earlier accused the Qawwal of blasphemy. Sabri’s last words on a TV show were, “O’ dear Prophet, look after me when I tremble in my dark tomb.”
The killing sparked widespread condemnation from public figures in both India and Pakistan, where Sabri has a huge fan following. As the TTP had taken responsibility for the attack, many protests against extremism followed the attack. Tens of thousands of people attended the renowned Qawwal’s funeral.
Amjad Sabri was the son and nephew of the distinguished Qawwal icons from the Sabri Brothers, Ghulam Farid Sabri and Maqbool Sabri. Like his elders, Sabri dedicated his life to keeping alive the tradition of Qawwali that dates back over to seven centuries.
His last music project was with Coke Studio where he performed the exceptional Aaj Rang Hai with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. But sadly, the light that Amjad Sabri was extinguished a few months before the release of the Coke Studio season featuring him.
Amjad Sabri’s first death anniversary rituals took place at his residence in the morning today.
Citizens of Karachi and numerous politicians offered Fateha for the departed soul.