Ustad Mubarik Ali c.1938-2002

I am reminded of individuals like this accomplished sarangi player when anyone talks of respect for music and musicians. I often recall Ustad Mubarik Ali’s peaceful distant gaze while he played the sarangi – like a dream.

Mubarik Ali suffered from tuberculosis, diabetes and emphysema for the last several years of his life. There were never enough resources available to take care of such problems because his wife was taking expensive medication for Addison’s Disease and the eldest son had never recovered psychologically from a road traffic accident, and physically, from chronic TB.

In his last few days, he sat up and leant forward to sleep, and three days before he died, when he complained of unbearable breathlessness, a young doctor on the ward told him he was malingering.

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