pappu sain


I just noticed Yasir’s Pappu Saeen pictures in the flickr stream…and realised that i dont remember anyone having talked about Pappu Saeen here before. He’s a phenomenon, really. He’s supposedly one of hte fastest dhol players in south asia, but that’s not half of the picture. He does this grand show every Thursday night…this HUGE crowd of people gather round this mazaar, get high on hash that’s circulated freely, and chant and chant. Pappu Sain emerges from a corner, starts playing fast, faster, faster, and devotees of the mazaar start whirling round and round in a small clearing in the middle of the roaring chanting crowd.


It’s …breathtaking. I went there about three years ago, and can still imagine myself back there…its so not something you can forget easily.
(both pictures originally uploaded by yasirhussain. )

3 Comments so far

  1. Jangli Jagga (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2005 @ 8:04 am

    I saw him on Madhu Lal Hussain.. he’s brilliant. There’s another guy with him.. he’s also called some sain. And I’m also looking forward to go to Shah Jamal soon.

    PS: It’s Yasir, not Yassir! :D

  2. Muhammad Atif (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2005 @ 8:26 pm

    These days ,the place is packed to gills.One has to wait till 2 am to find some place to sit down.

  3. hafsa (unregistered) on September 24th, 2005 @ 12:23 am

    i really want to see him perform. i wonder if i’ll be able to see his performance in karachi.
    ps: the other guy with him is jheera saeen.

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