Local Sindhi ladies also sang Bhajans along with Rajesh Lal who lives in Amravati, Maharashtra state of India.
Sindh Courier Report
Sain Rajesh Lal, the great grandson of Sant Kanwar Ram, who lives in Amravati Maharashtra state, visited Vadodara (Baroda), Gujarat state of India and met the local Sindhi community on Saturday.
Rajesh Lal’s great grandfather Sant Kanwar Ram was a well-known Sindhi Sufi singer and poet. He was equally popular among Hindus and Muslims and highly respected by both communities. His descendants are settled in India.
About Bhagat Kanwar Ram
Kanwar Ram was born on April 13, 1885, at Tarachand’s house in Jarwar village of Mirpur Mathelo tehsil in the then Sukkur district. The area is now a part of Ghotki district. His father was a shopkeeper. Kanwar Ram was one of the disciples of Satguru Satram Das of Rahrki tehsil. He was always seen wearing a long kurta and carried a red turban on his head. He loved and used to sing poems of Sufi poets Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, Sachal Sarmast, Sami, Mira and Kabir. The main theme of his poetry was the praise of the Creator. Singing Sufi ragas, he promoted the values of humanity, love, peace and harmony.
Some of his compositions are still sung by aficionados in Sindh and in India. Out of his 20 extant compositions the most popular is Naale Alakh Je Bedo Taar Muhinjo. Sindhi singers in Pakistan as well as India sing this song at Sufi events taking place anywhere in the world.
Believing that his poignant voice was a gift of God, he never made it a source of livelihood for himself and his family. Huge amounts of money would be offered as gifts when he sang and danced. However, the Bhagat used to distribute it all among the poor and the needy regardless of their race, religion and sect. He never took or used any of the money for himself or his family. According to his son Shahzada Mohan Lal, who now lives in Lucknow, India, he was given the title, Bhagat, in recognition of his services for humanity.
On November 1, 1939, Bhagat was shot and killed in a railway carriage at Ruk Railway Station in Sindh. The murder, by a religious extremist, was seen as yet another attempt to destroy the Sufi fabric of Sindhi culture.
A statue to honor the Bhagat has been placed at the temple of Baba Sri-Chand at Faqir village in Thatta district of Sindh.