Since one road trip for the year wasn’t enough, yesterday a few friends and myself set off on a short trip to Bhit Shah, home to Sufi saint and poet Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai’s shrine. Above is a brief clip of the musicians performing at the shrine that I took. Apologies for the bad quality, its from my digital camera and I’m still figuring out my way around iMovie.
A little bit about the place: despite the scorching heat and it being a weekday, people came to the shrine in droves. Children lolled about on the marble floors, women sat and smiled, others posed for pictures outside the shrine’s facade. A few months ago, we went to numerous shrines in Sindh and Punjab, and the only place that I heard proper music was at Hazrat Shams Tabrez’s shrine in Multan, where devotees sang hymns in Punjabi. But Bhit Shah’s musicians are in a league of their own: they play the tamboora with ease and dexterity, sing their hearts out, simultaneously manage to correct their young pupil whenever he misses a verse while singing and leave the audience longing for more.
You can see pictures from the trip here.