The National Institute of Folk and Traditional Art, Lok Virsa on Thursday paid rich tribute to legendary qawwal Amjad Sabri in a reference held at the Lok Virsa Media Centre.
The famous Laal Band from Lahore and Bakhshi brothers presented a qawwali to pay tribute to Amjad Sabri.
Executive Director Dr Fouzia Saeed and a large number of people from different walks of life attended the function.
The participants strongly condemned the killing of Amjad Sabri and said that the culprits involved in this heinous incident were the enemies of peace and humanity.
They expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the tragic incident and paid rich tribute to the services of Amjad Sabri in qawwali.
They prayed for his forgiveness and eternal peace and also prayed for his bereaved family.
Amjad Sabri was born on December 23, 1976 to a household which was famous for qawwali, the traditional form of music associated with devotion to holy personalities in Islam.
His father was Ghulam Fareed Sabri and he is the nephew of Maqbool Sabri. Together, Maqbool and Ghulam Fareed formed the duo of Sabri brothers, who went on to garner national and international acclaim.
Amjad Sabri presented the work of his father and uncle in a new light, which helped the younger generation connect to qawwali, something which had not happened earlier.
‘Tajdar-E-Haram’, ‘Mera Koyi Nahi Teray Siwa’ and ‘Bhar Do Jholi’ were some of the works of the renowned Sabri family which were sung in a more different and unique way by Amjad Sabri.
His death is indeed a great loss not just for Pakistan’s Music industry, but also for the fans of qawwali around the world. He is one of the finest qawwal and was globally known for his talent.