The Shah Hussain Project

The Shah Hussain Project is a collaboration that features the vocal and musical composition talents of popular singer Vasundhara Das and Sufi singer Mir Mukhtiyar Ali. Celebrated musician Roberto Narain is producer as well as drummer on this project.

Our music draws inspiration from the 16th century Sufi poetry of Shah Hussain. Five hundred years ago, this poet from Lahore wrote mainly in Punjabi, Saraiki and Sindhi. These poems, called kafis, are a glimpse into the social setting of Shah Hussain’s time; with thoughts and ideas still fresh and relevant in today’s 21st century social fabric.

The music is a meeting of traditional and contemporary styles, based on the poetry and focused on live performance. Although each song is stylistically different, there is a common thread running through the project in terms of sound. The Shah Hussain Project has brought together musicians and technicians from Bangalore, Rajasthan, Pune, Assam and Mumbai, including:

Vasundhara Das: Vocals, harmonies, composition, arrangement and English & Hindi lyrics
Mir Mukhtiyar Ali: Vocals, co-composition
Roberto Narain: Drums, arrangement, production
Rajan Tisge: Keyboards, arrangement, harmonies
Vishal J. Singh: Acoustic and electric guitar, arrangement
Hemanth Diwakaran: Acoustic and electric guitar
Shalini Mohan: Bass guitar, harmonies
Shadab Rayeen: Mixing and Mastering

The production tools used are Ableton Live, Roland V-Drums, Tama Drums, Pearl Drums, Spectrasonic, Native Instruments and others.

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Roberto Narain 1

Roberto Narain 1

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Roberto Narain 2

Roberto Narain 2

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Rajan Tisge 1

Rajan Tisge 1

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Vasundhara Das 1

Vasundhara Das 1

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Mir Mukhtiyar Ali and Vasundhara Das

Mir Mukhtiyar Ali and Vasundhara Das

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Shalini Mohan 1

Shalini Mohan 1

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Shalini Mohan 2

Shalini Mohan 2

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Roberto Narain 3

Roberto Narain 3

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