If you haven’t heard pop singer Hadiqa Kiani latest album it’s time that you tune in because this is cutting edge stuff. The third and latest single is a modern of the Mughal era “Aaj Rung Hai” in the original Braj Bhasha language.
We think that’s pretty cool.
1.History: Braj Bhasha is a language which gained literary acceptance after the Mughal emperor Akbar accepted it as one of the royal court’s languages and was then used in literature especially to compose poems.
2. Girl Power: This language is mostly written from a woman’s point of view even if a male poet writes it. This is also because the saints were in a mystical state of spirituality and love where they themselves were metaphorically women who were reuniting with their beloved.
3. Poetry: The lyrics for “Aaj Rung Hai” were originally written by the renowned Sufi poet Hazrat Amir Khusro who is considered to be the father of qawwali.
4. Originality: Two versions of this chapter have been sung before by Hadiqa Kiani herself, once in Coke Studio and once in Pakistan Idol, both of the previous versions were well appreciated by the listeners. However this version of Rung is a complete different rendition of the previous two and the audience is in for a surprise.
5. The song has been recorded in a single-take live studio format and features maestro Ustad Dildar Hussain on the tabla who played the tabla in all of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Sahab’s qawwalis.