JollyGul.com presents Persian qasida “Ya Murtaza Ali” recited by Shahid Akhtar Qalandar. The video with music has lyrics, Urdu and English translations displayed.
Shahid also plays the rabab (lute-like musical instrument used in Central and West Asia) in this video and did the music composition. Music and video is produced by Waqas Ali who also played the flute. The audio and video production was done in Pakistan and in the USA.
The lyricist for this Persian qasida is unknown and the poetry has not even been published. The work could be 70-100 years old. We profoundly appreciate the help received from Dr. Jan Alam Khaki and Shahr Bano Akbari for making it possible for us to bring this beautiful song to a much wider audience.
Shahid Akhtar Qalandar is a Pakistani singer-songwriter, instrumentalist born and raised in Hunza Valley, Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan. He now lives in the USA. Shahid’s inspiration since the age of 12 years came from watching his grandfather and grandfather’s brother play the rabab and sing qasidas after Jamatkhana ceremonies.