Ustad Qasim Albums
Ustad Qasim was born “Qasimjo” in 1878 at Kabul . Qasimjo studied at a local madrasa where aside from religious studies. At home he would study musical theory at the feet of his father. He had mastered Urdu from his father, Dari from his mother, Pashtu from his teacher and Arabic from the religious school.
Qasimjo instantly grasped the theory music and show abundant talent for singing and reciting Ghazal. His knowledge of Indian, Pashtu and Dari ghazals from renowned poets made him famous amongst the Kharabaian of the era.
King Amanullah who grew up with the music of Ustad Qasim retained him as the court singer when descended to the thrown in 1919. Amanullah Khan was so enchanted with the voice and songs of Ustad Qasim that he would dress as a commoner and would visit Ustad Qasim’s house in order to hear him sing. On his state visit to Europe and Asia King Amanullah Khan had recorded a phonograph recording of Ustad Qasim’s music that he would listen to away from home. It was recorded that during a visit from a British representative to Kabul, Ustad Qasim was summoned to play music for the guests. One of the guests had asked Ustad Qasim to teach him an afghan song for he could play it on the piano, Ustad Qasim thought him the now famous “Our School is of Independence and our Subject of study is the air of Independence” which had ignited the crowed with applause. King Amanullah proudly awarded Ustad Qasim the highest civilian title of Ustad Qasim “Afghan”.
Ustad Qasim Afghan’s Achievements
- Title of Ustad and Afghan
- Medal of Independence and a Diamond Medal of Masrat
- Title of “Star of the East”
- Man of the Year 1929
- 20 acres of land awarded by Nader Shah
- Gold Medal of service and a new Chevrolet by Zahir Shah
Ustad Qasim Afghan passed on in 1957 leaving behind a school of music, a dynasty, and hundreds of songs and poems. His death was a great lost for Afghanistan and the music of Afghanistan. There are very few recordings of Ustad Qasim but his songs are very much alive on the albums of the next generation artists…