Shafqat Amanat Ali pays tribute to Mohtama Gandhi by singing Bhajan 'Vaishnav Jan'

12:42 PM | 6 Oct, 2018
Shafqat Amanat Ali pays tribute to Mohtama Gandhi by singing Bhajan 'Vaishnav Jan'
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LAHORE - Pakistani famous singer Shafqat Amanat Ali, known for his mesmerizing voice among Pakistanis and across the border, has recently paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi as part of his 150th birth anniversary celebrations. The Indian External Affairs Ministry released a special commemorative video featuring Gandhi’s favourite hymn ‘Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye.’

Indian composer, Vishal Dadlani took to Twitter and wrote: “My friend Shafqat Amanat Ali sings Vaishnav Jan, Gandhi Ji‘s favourite bhajan, and proves pretty conclusively, as he always does, that music is both, “ibaadat’ (worship) and “bhakti” together.”

To this, Amanat replied: “I haven’t heard a more beautiful description of this rendition. Means a lot coming from you. Thank you for always being so generous with your appreciation brother! Hope this initiates efforts for peace. Hope to see you soon in Lahore.”

The singing group helmed by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) paid a tribute to the innovative leader with a video mash-up featuring voices and tunes from across the world.

Artists from almost 124 countries, including Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Maldives, Nepal, China, Germany, Saudi Arabia, and Portugal were part of the rendition released by Indian PM Narendra Modi during the closing of the four-day Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Conference that was held in New Delhi.

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs, in a statement, said, “The result is an eclectic, colourful and rich rendition infused with the local flavour of the region.”

We must say this is a good initiative by the star in bringing the two nations closer and will help in building up friendly terms. What are your thoughts on this?

Below is the video for Bhajan 'Vaishnav Jan' by Shafqat Amanat Ali: