Shafqat Amanat Ali pays homage to Gandhi by singing his favourite hymn


Renowned Pakistani singer, Shafqat Amanat Ali, who is also popular across the border for his soulful voice, recently paid homage to Gandhi on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary on October 2.

A video of Ali performing Gandhi’s favourite hymn Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye was shared by the High Commission of India, Islamabad on Youtube.

Amanat Ali’s performance was well-received and Indian musician, Vishal Daldani was all praises for the performance writing, “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 Vishal Dadlani and thank you for always being so generous with your appreciation brother! Hope this initiates efforts for peace and hope to see you soon in Lahore.”

Shafqat’s rendition was part of a global chorus mash-up in honour of ‘bapu‘s’ 150th birthday.

The chorus helmed by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) paid a tribute to the revolutionary 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 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 (MEA) in a statement said, “The result is an eclectic, colourful and rich rendition infused with the local flavor of the region.”

Shafqat’s performance was noted an applauded by people across the world who took to Twitter to express their thoughts.

Listen to the mash-up here: