Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Shikwa – A Pleading Complaint

Shikwa, or Complaint, was one of the best works of the remarkable poet-philosopher: Allama Muhammad Iqbal. Shikwa is primarily a despaired and exigent cry of a dismal, yet beseeched believer, for his beleaguered community.

Shikwa was brilliant, but also controversial. However, Iqbal silenced all his critics by carving out a hard-hitting and thought provoking Jawab-I-Shikwa, what was Allah’s candid reply to the Complaint.
Listen to Iqbal’s Shikwa, in the matchless voice of the late maestro Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan:


Qais said...

Certainly, Shikwa and Jawab-e-shikwa are magnificent works of Sir Iqbal's poetry. Nevertheless, it has been wonderfully rendered in voice by music maestro - Late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan sb. I have heard it in one of his albums. Thanks for the link. I can now hear it online as well.

Kashif said...

That was quite a wonderful commentary on Shikwa. It is certainly one of the most soul-stirring work of Iqbal. However the voice of the maesto NFAK makes it all the more fantastic.
Nevertheless there is a suggestion. Next time you listen to NFAK's recitation of Shikwa, keep refering Kushwant Singhs commentry on Shikwa for a matchless experience.