#PeerTalks with Pir Shabda Kahn
Shabda Kahn, a direct disciple of the American Sufi Master, Murshid Samuel Lewis, has been practicing Sufism since 1969 and since 2001, is the Pir (Spiritual Director) of the Sufi Ruhaniat International, the Sufi lineage tracing from Hazrat Inayat Khan and Murshid Samuel Lewis.
Shabda met his second great teacher, the late Master Singer, Pandit Pran Nath (b 1918-d. 1996), in 1972, and began the daily practice of North Indian Classical music in the Kirana style. Pandit Pran Nath planted an 800-year-old oral tradition of Chisti Sufi Vocal Music in the western world and gave Shabda the title, Director, Chisti Sabri School of Music. This has become an umbrella for his teaching vocal music and performing Raga singing. Shabda guided more than a dozen pilgrimages to India, each time setting up a very ambitious North Indian Classical Vocal Music School on the soil which produced the beauty of Raga.
Shabda has appeared in concerts ranging from Visions for a Perfect World at New York’s St John the Divine Cathedral, for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, New Music America in Chicago, at Delhi University Music School, and Shivaratri Festival in New Delhi. He is one of a handful of Americans who have dedicated themselves to carrying on the legacy of the treasure of North Indian Classical Vocal Music.
Shabda is also a disciple of the illustrious Tibetan Master, the 12th TaiSitu Rinpoche.