'Music is my life'

His voice takes one to the surreal world of romance, desire and even spirituality. Known for his evergreen hits like ‘Jashn-e- bahaaran’, ‘Guzaarish’ and ‘Kun faya kun’, Javed Ali is also known to have lent his versatile voice to well-known Tamil, Telugu and Marathi songs.

A regular performer who has won the hearts of many Bengalureans, Javed will be in the City to make Valentine’s Day a special affair for his fans. He will be performing live at Forum Mall on February 14, 6 pm onwards, and the concert is free for all. In a chat with Prajna GR, the singer talks about his works and inspiration.

What would be the highlights at your concert?

It is a thrilling experience for me each time I come for a concert in Bengaluru. I have everything for everyone. Some of the hits that I will be performing at the concert include ‘Tu Jo Mila’ from ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’, ‘Guzaarish’, ‘Jashn-e-bahaaran’ and a few retro melodies. As I consider Sufi numbers to be my USP, you will hear a few Sufi songs too.

You are not a new face at concerts in the City...

Yes, I am always overwhelmed by the blessings I get here. I have performed in Bengaluru a lot of times; every year I am here for some or the other concert, sometimes twice a year too. I am amazed by the response I get here each time. I feel honoured by the enthusiasm and support I receive from the audience here.

Any personal favourites from the number of hits you have given?

It is a tough question to answer as all my songs stay very close to my heart. Each song, from different genres, has been sung by me with great passion. However, when I sing Sufi compositions, it gives me an out-of-the-world experience. It connects me to the spiritual world and is something surreal to me. I am a very spiritual person and Sufi songs connect me to my God.

Who has been your inspiration?

Mohammed Rafi sahab is my biggest inspiration. Lata ji (Lata Mangeshkar) too. Also, my guru Ghulam Ali Sahab — every time he comes to Delhi, I meet him without fail and learn all that I can from him.

Tell us about your experience in Bollywood.

I am always singing. Initially, it was a lot of work to fit in. But once you are true to what you do, it is rewarding. I have had the honour of working with a lot of great composers in the industry and this is still just the beginning. I am sure that there are a lot more exciting things that will come my way and I look forward to them. Also, I am looking at making my solo album in the near future and would like to expand my tryst with music outside Bollywood too.

How is it to work with composers like AR Rahman and others?

It is an honour. AR Rahman ‘sahab’ gave me a breakthrough in my career. I have been able to give a lot of hits through Pritam Chakraborty as well. I have also worked with Amit Trivedi and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, and I feel blessed to have worked with these legends. Besides, there are many more young composers who are coming up in the industry and it has been a great experience working with them too.

One of your best and unforgettable memories...

It has to be with my father Ustad Hamid Hussain. It was his qawwali show in Ludhiana. Before every performance, my father made me sing in front of the audience. At this concert, when I sang, the audience blessed me saying that I would become someone great in the field of music. It touched my heart and this memory will never fade away.

If not for a musician...

I would not be alive. Music is my life and I cannot think of being anything else other than a singer.

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