Abida Parveen & Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Chaap Tilak, Season 7, Episode 6 Coke Studio Penned by the subcontinent’s foremost musical genius Hazrat Amir Khusrau, ‘Chaap Tilak’ is an instantly recognisable qawwali that has been graced by every legendary voice of this region for the past many centuries.
Written in braj bhasha, the popular country dialect which was a forerunner of Urdu, its beauty lay in its simplicity. Sung from the perspective of a young girl, it is replete with modest yet enchanting symbols, as it celebrates the splendour of losing oneself in love.
Both the use of motifs as well as the language itself were deliberate creative choices by Hazrat Amir Khusrau, as they communicated to the common people using their own ideas and aesthetics. This season’s Coke Studio serves as the host to a resplendent performance of this classic by Pakistan’s greatest living artists,
Abida Parveen & Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Chaap Tilak, Coke Studio Season 7, Episode 6.
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