KARACHI: Unlike contemporary sounds, beautiful and mesmerising music by Arbab Allah Bachayo Khosa, renowned algoze player kept the audience riveted to the performance.
Blessed with the fine performance of living legend Arbab Allah Bachayo Khosa, people remained enthralled here at Bagh Ibne Qasim, a part of Sindh Festival events.
Fine algoze tunes, which mesmerised the visitors, were mostly from Shah Abdul Latif`s poetry Sur Rano, Sur Sorath, Sur Kalyan, Sur Bhairwi. Audience also liked the tunes Lal Meri Pat and Ho Jamalo.
Sindhi, Rajasthani and Baloch folk musicians adopted Algoze, a woodwind instrument resembling a pair of wooden flutes, which is also called Jorhi, Do Nally, Satara or Ngoze.
Talking to Daily Times, the magical musician Arbab Khoso said, "Algoze is made by Sindhis and played by Sindhis."
According to him, algoze is considered to be thousands of years old, a musical instrument similar to a flute, which was found during excavations at Mohenjo Daro.
It is a typical double fluted folk instrument that creates trance patterns called leheras. Pakistan has produced many prominent algoze players like Misri Khan Jamali, Khamiso Khan Jinjhi and Allah Bachayo Khosa.
"Celebrating the event with folk singers, artisans and craftsmen shows that we are still intact with our roots and culture," opined the legendary Alghoza-nawaz.
Arbab Allah Bachayo Khoso is the son of another algoze legendary-player Ustad Allah Bachayo Khoso. The family is settled in Shah Karim Bhulri, Tando Mohammand Khan. Like his ancestors, Arbab is also involved in Algoze making.
The making of algoze needs an intricate and artistic approach. It is made of Wild Caper, also known as Kirir. The thorny shrub is common throughout rural parts of Sindh. "It is a hand-made product. No machines are involved in making an algoze," said Arbab.
Another family that is involved in making this musical marvel is Eesan Samo that lives in Thatta.
"Sindh has produced the greatest exponents of algoze, like my father Allah Bachayo Khoso," said Arbab. Late Allah Bachayo Khosa performed in nearly eighty countries in the world. "In 1993 while playing quad-flutes in Malaysia he developed a hole in his lungs and could not recover the illness, that ultimately took his life in 2012," said Arbab Allah Bachayo.
According to Arbab Khoso learning algoze-playing is a daunting task. "I started learning to play this flute from my father when I was a child. Maybe I was around five-years old at that time. It takes years not days to learn playing the algoze, especially if you want to master a particular lehera. For example I took ten years to learn Sur Kohiyari," stated the musician.
"I have performed in Germany in 2013 when I was invited by cultural department to perform in the capital Berlin on the eve of March 23 celebrations. Spectators of 45 countries were invited at the event. Later, during the tour I also performed again in Berlin and then in Frankfurt," related the musician proudly.
Talking about his future plans, the musician informed that he might be performing in the USA very soon.
"This year I have been invited by cultural ministry to perform in the US, but the dates and venues are not finalised yet," he said, before resuming to play his beloved algoze.
I have performed in Germany in 2013 when I was invited by cultural department to perform in the capital Berlin on the eve of March 23 celebrations. Spectators of 45 countries were invited at the event. Later, during the tour I also performed again in Berlin and then in Frankfurt”
Arbab Allah Bachayo Khoso