Pir Jalani was a great 12th-century sunni saint (Abdul Qadir Jilani). This song, in the Saraiki language (a variant of Sindhi spoken in southern and western Punjab) tells the story of his journey across Rajasthan, in which he visits various disciples and tests the strength of their devotion in a unique way. When offered food and drink at the homes of his disciples, he explains that he cannot eat until his pet lion has been fed. The trouble is, his lion only eats human flesh, so his hosts would need to sacrifice one of their family members. For a good while, neither saint nor pet are able to satisfy their appetites. Eventually, the pair reach the home of a woman who is prepared to sacrifice her only son. After finishing their respective dinners, Pir Jalani rewards the woman’s extraordinary act of devotion by bringing her son back to life. The second part of the song follows the story of the son, who is on his way to get married. Part of the groom’s marital procession (the ‘bharat’) must take place on water but, on the way, his boat meets with a storm and starts to sink. His mother prays to Pir Jalani, requesting his help saving her son and the rest of the wedding party. The water settles and everyone is saved by the saint’s intervention. The piece opens with a free-metre invocation to Pir Jalani, and moves between lilting instrumental sections by the Rajasthani ensemble and a rousing chorus of voices narrating the stories of travel, trust and devotion.