Mir Basu


The Mir-e-Alam belong to the larger Mirasi community of professional-caste-musicians, along with others like Manganiyars, Langas, Dholis, Dammami. Belonging to the Bikaner/Pugal region of Rajasthan,the Mirs, have an age-old musical tradition of Sufiana Kalam of Baba Farid, Baba Bulleh Shah, Shah Hussain, Sultan Bahu, Khwaja Ghulam Farid in Seraiki and Punjabi. Their music is soul-stirring and steeped in the shades of love in the desert, ranging from love-ballads of Heer-ranjha, Sassi_Punno to kalam-e-Ishq-e-Haqiqi to the Divine Beloved.
While recent years have seen an increased interest (and research) in their music, much of it remains inaccessible and unexposed to potential audiences. The challenges of eking a daily existence have taken a toll on the cultural heritage of this community, as have numerous socio-political factors that are largely out of their control. And yet, their voices remain strong and clear.
Jairangam presents the Mir Allah Vasaye Bassu Khan as the first of the Mir musician series.