Dastgeero: A sufi qalam by two young boys to evoke spirituality

Srinagar, Feb 07: Dastgeero, a sufi devotional poem, Manqabat is written by Mir Syed Tabish Bukhari, a Kashmiri sufi poet from Zakura Srinagar. He only writes Sufi qalams in easy Kashmiri language so that new generations can easily understand them.

The Sufi Manqabat is sung by singer Saif Nazir (28), a full time musician from Umerhaer area Buchpora Srinagar. Bukhari is currently in Delhi working in KAYCOMM technologies PVT as computer engineer. He has done B.Tech and MTech in CSE.

While interacting with the team of Dastgeero, they told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that this is a sufi devotional poem Manqabat, written for Syed Abdul Qadir R.A popularly known as Dastgeer.

“Story starts from a painter who is analyzing world differently, he moves out , comes across a pious person having smile on face going for prayers, next moment he finds some people in squabble , they said. “In disturbance, he comes across the shrine of Dastgeer, where he finds peace and contentment. Spiritual forces engulf his nerves and he sprints back to home.”

At this turning point of his life he discovers calligraphy within himself to please his master, the Dastgeer. Love for Dastgeer makes him follow his teachings like Salah and Zikr. Now he goes to the shrine of Dastgeer to improve his spirituality, where he meets an elderly person and helps him out, he said.

They said in return he gets a Sufi bead (tasbih) from the old man (Faqeer) and the man disappears, then he gets an inner feeling that he has been accepted as a disciple. He better understands life, balances it and continues the journey of the love for his master through calligraphy.

“We have shot this song in Khanyar area of Srinagar city, with our team Izaband production. The song was always special to us. Its lyrics touched our soul. Whenever we think of this song we always feel relaxed,” they said.

“Playing such a challenging character was not easy for us, but with the grace of Almighty Allah, and Hazrat Sultan Ul Arfeen (Dasheer Sahab) we did our best.”

“We shoot this Sufi qalam for 10 days. This project is very special to us, and also with Saif’s melodious voice it became a masterpiece,” they said—(KNO)