Sunday, January 3, 2010

संगीत मिटा रहा है भारत-पाक दूरी

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मेंहदी हसन
From Nur Jehans melodies in the 50s to Disco Deewane in the 80s, Pakistans music has always found a place in Indias charts. And the trend continues with newage Sufi...

In Pakistan, if the 50s were all about the queen of melody Nur Jehan , in the 60s and 70s a newer sound came into our filmi music with names like Ahmed Rushdi, Bangladeshi singing sensation Runa Laila and Sohail Rana ruling the soundboard. The turn for modern pop arrived in the 80s when Alamgir first introduced electric synthesizers to Pakistani pop and dekha na tha became an anthem for a new generation and heralded a whole new sound. The wave of disco pop gained steam with Mohammad Ali Shyhaki and reached its zenith with the magic of Nazia and Zoheb Hasan. We were all Disco deewane, so what if it was the Zia era and prohibition was heavily enforced All this while, as trends came and went, Ghazal maestro Mehdi Hasan remained extremely popular across the subcontinent. By the late 80s, another turn was taken with the birth of Pakistans most iconic pop band to date, Vital Signs. Their song dil dil Pakistan showed that a whole new generation was ready for a brand new attitude . Then, Junoon became the first band to hit success in the land of the pure.
The new millennium brought with it some old comebacks such as Strings, break-ups such as the nasty split of Junoon and ushered in a new era of music, with names like Ali Zafar, Atif Aslam, Ali Azmat (now flying solo), Noori, Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan, Jal, Fuzon among many others.

Atif Aslam

Atif Aslam is the current heartthrob of millions around the world. Mahesh Bhatt took two of Atif's songs to India for his film Zeher (2005) that fetched Atif a Filmfare nomination among many others. His work in Bollywood makes him a star for the masses. This is one musician willing to push boundaries commercially and musically.

Ali Zafar

Ai Zafars rise to success is fascinating since he has never worked in Bollywood, although there are rumours that he may finally do a film there. In 2003, Zafar came with the stylish, funny and bouncy video of Channo that was trailed by his catchy solo album, Huqa Pani. He continued tours with a spate of spanking videos like Chal Dil Meray and Rangeen. Currently working on his third studio album and interacting with fans worldwide via his YouTube channel, Ali Zafar , like his contemporary Atif Aslam, is still ruling the roost.

Ali Azmat

He is the only man in this list who has been making music consistently for nearly two decades. Even Strings were away for eight years but Ali Azmat has never left the glaring limelight. His journey took off with the act that put rock on the Pakistani music map Junoon. His stint with Bollywood has been rare because he prefers alternative Indian filmmakers and cinema with Garaj Baras to Pooja Bhatts Paap in 2004.

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

The nephew of the great Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Rahat Fateh Ali Khans diverse career is mind-boggling . From Hollywood to Bollywood , a trippy solo debut like charkha to devotional albums and playing it with Peter Gabriel, the man caters to both the classes and the masses. Carrying the torch of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan forward, Rahat sprung to Indian success with mann ki lagan for Paap in 2004 and again with jiya dhadak jaaye re for Kalyug in 2006. Apart from gaining popularity across the border, Rahat is known and approached to collaborate on music around the world.


Strings arrived on the scene in the 90s but really took off in 1992 with the release of their second album, Strings 2 and the smash hit, sar kiye ye pahar but then the band disappeared. After a eight-year hiatus, they returned to the spotlight with the magnificent Duur in 2000 as a duo. Rafiq Wazir Ali and Kareem Bashir, members of the original Strings, had left smoothly and in the new millennium , Bilal Maqsood and Faisal Kapadia carried on. They followed the mammoth success of Duur with the sonorous Dhaani in 2003 and toured the globe. It was from this album that their song najaaney kyun was picked up to be the soundtrack of Spiderman when it was dubbed in Hindi for India. Strings collaborated with Indian pop act Euphoria on the single jeet lo dil in 2004 and with Hariharan on the song bolo bolo after that. In Pakistan, they are commended for going to Bollywood on their terms.
(Maheen Sabeeh,TOI,Delhi,03.01.10)

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