JollyGul.com presents Almas Kabani’s rendition of Pir Hasan Kabiruddin’s U(n)chaare Kott Bahu Vechanaa (A high and lofty fortress) ginan as part of its Salgirah 2019 Celebration Program for the Jamat.
The ginan is about the soul’s yearning for Noorani Didar (Beatific Vision). Pir Hasan Kabiruddin uses the easily understood concept of human love and pains of separation to convey the more abstract idea of higher Divine Love. The Pir allegorizes (uses as symbols) a fish in the ocean seeking to be saved and a bird in a cage wanting (but afraid) to be freed as examples of difficulties of breaking past worldly attachments for the soul to find its ultimate fulfillment. In Eastern philosophy, the sea is the symbol of the cycle of life (bhava saagar). To be saved from the sea means release from the flux of life.
Redemption is a common theme in many different philosophies. In Ismaili philosophy, it stands for the absorption of the individual soul into the Noor of Imamat.
This is the first time JollyGul.com has used 3D animation capabilities in its videos to create environments. Scenes in this video have been created by using 3D Animation software. They do not represent actual buildings or places. The goal is to enhance the visualization of the story and effectively convey the message in the ginan.
This write-up and the imagery in the video have been inspired by an article about U(n)chaare Kott ginan in Simerg.com by the Late Esmail Thawerbhoy. We pay special tribute to Esmail’s passionate interest in research and study of ginans and religious philosophy as well for all his contributions to various publications during his lifetime.