Saawan - by Irshad Khan & Noman Siddiqui
Dedicated to Amir Khusrau and his mystical journeys in the rains...

Saawan - by Irshad Khan & Noman Siddiqui  Dedicated to Amir Khusrau and his mystical journeys in the rains

Amir Khursrau

Amir Khusrau was an Indian musician, scholar and poet. He was an iconic figure in the cultural history of the Indian subcontinent. A Sufi mystic and a spiritual disciple of Nizamuddin Auliya of Delhi, Amir Khusrow was not only a notable poet but also a prolific and seminal musician. He wrote poetry primarily in Persian, but also in Hindavi. He is regarded as the "father of qawwali" (the devotional music of the Sufis in the Indian subcontinent). He is also credited with enriching Hindustani classical music by introducing Persian and Arabic elements in it, and was the originator of the khayal and tarana styles of music. The invention of the tabla and sitar is also traditionally attributed to Amir Khusrow. A musician and a scholar, Amir Khusrow was as prolific in tender lyrics as in highly involved prose and could easily emulate all styles of Persian poetry which had developed in medieval Persia, from Khaqanis forceful qasidas to Nizami's khamsa.

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Irshad Khan

Irshad Khan is considered among the world's best Sitar players and the leading Surbahar (BassSitar) player of his generation. His individual stamp on both of these instruments ascends from the distinctiveness of his technique. From child prodigy to one of the most dynamic musicians today, Irshad Khan is considered to be one of the world’s best Sitar players of his generation and among the finest instrumentalists in the world. Transcending cultural barriers, his remarkable versatility across numerous musical styles, turns each performance into a spellbinding experience. His dedication to the subtleties of the raga is in bringing out its essence in rendering its pure form of feelings and expressions from meditative to playful, serene to heroic, devotional to romantic. He has performed over 30 nations in 5 Continents.

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Noman Siddiqui

Noman Siddiqui s a Toronto based music composer, digital designer and a New Media consultant, whose interest in music spans from Classical Eastern, Film Soundtracks, to World and New Age music. Through his music, Noman hopes to inspire the mind and soul by reflecting on sublime sound, (which is all around us) through resonance, harmony and vibration. He finds his muse in the changing rhythm of raindrops, in the high pitch of winds and even in the inspirational silence of a pause. His music influences include: Vangelis, Amir Khusrou, Shiv Kumar Sharma, Enya, A.R. Rahman and Michael Brook, to name a few.

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Vocals and Sitar: Irshad Khan
Written and Composed by: Noman Siddiqui

"amma merey baba ko" excerpt by Amir Khusrau


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