Reshma Sings - Bulleh Shah
Reshma, (not to be mistaken for former Soviet air base name " Reshma" :D ) is a renowned folk singer of Pakistan, She is popular in India too.
She was born in Pallu village of Bikaner, Rajasthan (British India) to a Gypsy family in 1947. Her family moved to Pakistan during the partition of India.
Reshma known as "The Voice of the Desert" Her voice possesses that rare quality that is often aspired to, but attained by only a chosen few what one might almost call the sublime catharsis of the soul.
It has the ability to make listeners believe not only in passion, but experience all its manifestations the torture of waiting for a beloved, the ecstacy of union, the sharp pain of betrayal, the sadness of loss.
She says she does not have any training in classical music.
In 2004 her rendition of Ashkan Di Gali Vich Mukaam De Gaya was in the top ten of the Indian charts.
Her most famous song is "Lambi Judai", sung for a Bollywood film Hero.
Once asked Reshma How did you decide to sing in a Bollywood film Hero ? She she replied "The director of Who Tera Naam Tha, Kuku Kohli came to meet me in London where I had a concert. He asked me if I would sing in his film and I told him, When you have travelled all the way to invite me with so much affection how can I say no."
In October 2002 Reshma performed at the Brunei Gallery in London to a packed full of Pakistani expatriates her daughter Khadija and Umayr also performed.
" I have been very lucky, by the grace of God, she mused. Whilst most of my tribe members have not journeyed beyond Pakistan, various governments have sent me to countries across the world. Ive been to Disneyland in America "bohat barra hai America". Ive been to Hollywood, and even to Canada where I dipped my feet in the Niagara Falls.
In Washington, I saw the "badshah ka mahal" and in England, the "malka ka mahal". Which one did you like more? Hmmm obviously the "malka ka mahal". It was so clean and white and huge. I thought to myself when I saw it, "wah, na mitti, na koi gundd".
I have even climbed the Wall of China. Looking at the mountains around me, I felt so overwhelmed that I began to sing, "Hayo Raba Nahin Lagda Dil Mera". The gora log who were by the wall at that time stopped and began to stare at me. When I finished, they all clapped and said, "wah, kiya range wali awaz hai".
Based in Lahore, she is an advocate of good relations between India and Pakistan.
In January 2006 she was one of the passengers on the inaugural Lahore-Amritsar bus, the first such service linking both parts of the Punjab since 1947.
Baba Bulleh Shah (1680 1757) whose real name was Abdullah Shah was a Punjabi Muslim Sufi poet, a humanist and philosopher.
Early life and background.
Bulleh Shah is believed to have been born in 1680, in the small village of Uch, Bahawalpur, Punjab, now in Pakistan His ancestors had migrated from Bukhara in modern Uzbekistan.
When he was six months old, his parents relocated to Malakwal. There his father, Shah Muhammad Darwaish, was a preacher in the village mosque and a teacher. His father later got a job in Pandoke, about 50 miles southeast of Kasur. Bulleh Shah received his early schooling in Pandoke, and moved to Kasur for higher education. He also received education from Maulana Mohiyuddin. His spiritual teacher was the eminent Sufi saint, Shah Inayat Qadiri.
Little is known about Bulleh Shah's direct ancestors, except that they were migrants from Uzbekistan. However, Bulleh Shah's family was directly descended from the Prophet Muhammad PBUH.
Bulleh Shah practiced the Sufi tradition of Punjabi poetry established by poets like Shah Hussain (1538 1599), Sultan Bahu (1629 1691), and Shah Sharaf (1640 1724).
Bulleh Shah lived in the same period as the famous Sindhi Sufi poet , Shah Abdul Latif Bhatai (1689 1752). His lifespan also overlapped with the legendary Punjabi poet Waris Shah (1722 1798), of Heer Ranjha fame, and the famous Sindhi Sufi poet Abdul Wahad (1739 1829), better known by his pen-name, Sachal Sarmast (truth seeking leader of the intoxicated ones). Amongst Urdu poets, Bulleh Shah lived 400 miles away from Mir Taqi Mir (1723 1810) of Agra.
The verse form Bulleh Shah primarily employed is called the Kafi, a style of Punjabi, Sindhi and Siraiki poetry used not only by the Sufis of Sindh and Punjab, but also by Sikh gurus.
Bulleh Shahs poetry and philosophy strongly criticizes Islamic religious orthodoxy of his day.
He died in 1757, and his tomb is located in Kasur, Pakistan.