Between 2017-2019, I wrote my dissertation with limited financial support, and as a result accumulated a sizeable debt. The proceedings from this concert will go towards debt payment for my graduate tuition. Any further earnings beyond the debt that currently totals more than $10,000 USD would be dedicated to a charitable cause.
“With monsoon came flashing clouds, Once again to rain all over, Lightening flashed on Constantinople, and went towards west, It glittered over China, and took care of Samarkand, Then crossing Delhi and Deccan, it thundered in Girnar, Rambling to Rome, Kabul and Kandahar, It crossed Delhi, Decan and Girnar, Rushing to Jaisalmer and then to Bikanere and Baker, It drenched Bhuj and then Drut and came to Umerkot and then in Walhar. O my lord, bestow prosperity on Sindh forever, O my sweet friend, shower blessings on all the world ” - Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai
— Sur Sarang
“"In modesty, he [Bijal] played the instrument,The powerless king responded from the colorful palace,At an opportune moment, the minstrel unfolded his identity,“I am Ahmed without the letter M,” said he.Only few can comprehend that the two had become one."”
— Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai, Sur Sorath
Based on research and performance-learning from two master musicians in Sindh, Pakistan: Late-Ustad Hameed Ali Khan Sahib from the Gwalior Gharana, and Faqir Jumman from the Dargah (shrine) of Sufi mystic, Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai,
Mannat is an outcome of my immersion in Sufi poetry for more than 10 years as well as a gift and blessing in the form of learning (talim) from my teachers.