Watching Rahat Fateh Ali Khan perform in concert
Image: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan at the concert
Photographs: Courtesy www.FAHIM.us
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan to be in a rush
Image: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Bollywoodized his performance
Image: Salim Merchant at the concert
Under the watchful eyes of big name Bollywood composers, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan does well
Some people in the audience -- made up of a substantial number of Pakistanis -- seemed to enjoy the show, and did not appear to have issues with how Rahat had reduced each qawalli to a mere pop song, losing all depth, devotional energy and entertainment value. They started dancing and clapping the moment he mentioned Allah Ho.
But I kept thinking about a time when the qawalli tradition, as practiced by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, was considered high art, representative of the best of Pakistani and South Asian culture.
Image: The audience