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    Sant Kanwar Ram

    Sant Kanwar Ram was born in a small village 'Jarwar' near Mirpur Mathelo at district Sukkur in Sindh on 13th April 1885. His father Tarachand was s simple honest man  His mother Tirathbai, a very pious lady used to participate in religious and spiritual work along with performing her household duties. She had great faith on 'Rahrki Darbar' in village of Rahrki few miles from Jarwar. Head priest of Rahrki Darbar Saint Khotaram had huge following in Sindh. He preached people to serve poor and downtrodden. He promoted several causes of social service. Mata Tirathbai prayed Rahrki Darbar for a son who should become a saint. Her prayer were answered and a son was born to her. Saint Khotaram named child 'Kanwar' means 'Lotus'.

    Mata Tirathbai sang songs of spirituality when kanwar was in cradle. Our saint Kanwarram is gift to our community by Mata Tirathbai and Rahrki Darbar.

    What is a Darbar? No, it is not a Royal court as per its dictionary meaning. It is a great tradition of our culture. Darbar are our heritage to be proud of. They have kept our culture and religion alive and intact for centuries together. Basically 'Darbars' are institutions of religion and spirituality. Manjhadanji Darbar, Shadani Darbar, Khatwari Darbar, Sadhubella and so on. These institutions of our society have played an important role in social and even economic needs of time. These have played functions of charity, matrimony among the members of society. Many of them had established Gau Shallas, Dharamshallas, Schools for children, shelters for handicaped  and water wells apart from constructing temples.

    Kanwar in child played with Children. They shared their sweets and toys, pains and joys. Father Tarachand sent Kanwar to learn reading and writing 'Sindhi' , 'Hat Vanika','Gurumukh. He would also go to sell boiled channa 'kother' in pot, carrying on his head. His singing drew admiration from entire village. He also played flute in childhood. At age of 10, father decided to sent him to learn music. Two miles away from Jarwar was another village Hayat Pitafi, which had a Darbar. This was founded by Saint Shadaram (now called 'Shadani Darbar') At that time this Darbar's presiding head priest was a lady, named Mata Hassibai. She was hard working and served saints and sadhus personally with her hands.Master Hassaram At Hayat Pitafi Darbar.  There was a great teacher of music Hassaram. He was blind man. His knowledge of Indian classical music was very vast. Young boy Kanwar was put under his charge. Kanwar got his formal music training from him.

    It became a great boon for Kanwar, who used music to create desired effect not only on human audience but also on atmosphere of nature. Many years thereafter, when Kanwarram was at the peak of his popularity traveling over Sindh spreading Spiritualism through his power of music and performances. On Hearing his Song  Sant Satramdas want this boy to sing along with him during his BHAGAT.  Rahrki Darbar which was presided over by saint Satramdas at the time. He became spiritual guru of kanwar. He established several social centers like Dharmashallas and Gau Shallas. Kanwar started performing 'Bhagat' with message of spiritualism.

    What is Bhagat? It is not only Bhakti songs. Bhagat is folk form of performance typically Sindhi. It requires a main performer who begins telling story with songs. He is supported with at least one another artist known as 'Bolrio'. This Bolrio speaks or sings in lighter vein and many times created humor with satire to the delight of audience. In other words it is an interesting story, drama, dialogues, music, songs, dances, comedy and much more.  It is healthy social entertainment with message.

    Kanwar made several changes in the system of Bhagat. He had a kind heart. He was very much concerned about  physically handicapped people. The blind, Sick and Old Age people ( Buddaa Ashram),


    Miracles :  Several stories are attributed to Kanwar with miraculous events. People getting sons. Dead getting alive. Barren lands becoming green. This goes to prove only one thing that people had tremendous faith in him. They treated him A Great Saint. whose word can not fail. In Bhagat ;One lady ask Kanwar Ram to give "" LOREE " to his child. On compeletation of "LOREE" . The lady was surprised to see his son alive. She was so happy to tell Kanwar Ram that you have given life to my dead child.  On hearing this he felt so bad and make him speechless that what he has done with the Nature and work of GOD?? After that he stopped giving "LOREE" to any one. 

    When this news spread in SINDH , Some Muslim fundamentalist could not swalow this fact so they decided to kill him.  One day on Railway station they shot dead  Sant Kanwar RAM.  A great loss to Sindhi community.


    A great follower of Kanwar Prof. Ram Panjwani who created cultural fragrance for Sindhis to heal their wounds of partition, by performing  BHAGAT in various cities in India.  Songs According to Prof. Ram Panjwani one of the most favourite songs of Kanwar was, Ram Sumar prabhat mere man, Ram sumar". Another favorite song of kanwar "Naale Alakh je or dhaneen-a je bero taar munhinjo  At the backdrop of our eternal river "Sindhu" all the great poets have used water and boats as theme of their poems. This says, In the name of God let my boat of life cross the waters of world safely and successfully. "It is a prayer. It contains philosophy of life. Every human has to live a life in this world.


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