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"Pathaney Khan's forte lay in the rendering of Khawaja Fareedís verses, in which he was able to capture the intensely lyrical quality of the original, while retaining the sharp tinge of rusticity."Himal, June 2000
"Pathaney Khan belonged to the tradition of the roving minstrels who performed over the centuries at religious and secular festivals all over the northern half of the Subcontinent. Accompanied initially by the iktara and later by other instruments, the audience was wafted into a world of music and poetry.
The dominant poetical form in Punjabi and Sindhi has been the Kafi. It has been sung from a very early time, though in the absence of any documentary evidence, it is difficult to say how Kafi developed its musical form. In the poetical text of Shah Hussain, a 16th century poet, raags mentioned in the footnotes for each Kafi more than suggest that Kafis were meant to be sung. The written text of Hussainís Kafis was discovered and reclaimed from Sindh, while the same Kafis had been transmitted orally from generation to generation in the Punjab by the large community of singers." Himal, June 2000
The album under review carries 4 of Pathaney Khans most memorable Kafis, including Mera Ishq Vee Toon, his most popular kafi to-date. EMI once again deserves full credit for promoting and at the same time preserving the best of Pakistan's classical music.
Pathaney Khan: Vol 1 (Audio CD)