16 March,2015:Â Pakistani singer Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan, known for delivering hit Bollywood songs like â€œMitwaâ€ and â€œYeh honslaâ€, believes that compact discs are getting phased out by the digital platform even as there is a spate of demand for music now.
The singer with roots in classical music is ready with his third album â€œMuh Dikhaiâ€, which will be released on March 20 on Times Music.
â€œItâ€™s an album, which is coming out after five years. Iâ€™ve not worked on any specific genre in this album. There are more Punjabi songs this time for a change and Iâ€™m excited about the response from people,â€ Khan told IANS in an email interaction from Lahore, Pakistan.
Asked why he chose to launch â€œMuh Dikhaiâ€ here even as albums are not doing well in India, Khan said: â€œCD as a format may have gone down, but music consumption is at an all-time high. The difference is that it happens digitally now.â€
â€œIâ€™ve been inundated with fan messages for the last few years asking me for a new album and new content,â€ said the singer, who has performed across the globe including India, Singapore, Britain and Dubai.
The former Fuzon band member entered Bollywood with the popular number â€œMitwaâ€ in 2006 and has since then won hearts of many an Indian. He says singing Bollywood tracks takes up a lot of time which is one of the reasons why he took five years to come up with a new album.
â€œBollywood and tours take up most of my time. So, there was hardly any time for my own project. But Iâ€™m very happy with my work in Bollywood. Iâ€™ve been blessed with some really great tracks and Iâ€™ve worked with the best music directors and some really good compositions,â€ said Khan, who has worked with Indian composers like Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Salim-Sulaiman.
Bollywood projects mostly mean singing someone elseâ€™s compositions. Instead of considering it as a restriction, the artist in Khan takes it up as a challenge.
â€œNormally, Iâ€™m always offered tracks by producers for movies which they feel are made for me. I never feel restricted because singing another music directorâ€™s or composerâ€™s composition is a challenge. You have to meet the requirement and the mark the composer has set for you in that track; so it is a great experience,â€ said the â€œAankhon ke saagarâ€ hitmaker.
â€œSometimes, when you do not want to sing a particular melody, it becomes an issue because I donâ€™t like to tell a composer that I donâ€™t like the composition as I feel every creation is that composerâ€™s baby. That hasnâ€™t happened very often with me, so itâ€™s fine,â€ he added.
But he still has the urge to create music for movies.
â€œYes, Iâ€™m a composer myself and would love to compose for movies some day. â€˜Kherheyan de naalâ€™,
which is my composition has been used in â€˜Tevarâ€™. But I will compose for a movie, the day I receive a meaningful offer,â€ he said.
The 50-year-old, who believes music is â€œin my blood and my DNAâ€, is a frequent performer in India and says visa authorities have always been kind to him.
â€œEven the Indian embassy has been very helpful and cooperative with me in giving visas and making my work here possible almost seamlessly. I do follow all the regulations put down by the authorities and they have always been supportive in giving visas,â€ he said.
The artist from across the border might have a large number of fans in India, but he is yet to be honoured with any of the prestigious Indian awards for his talent.
â€œI wonâ€™t say that since I havenâ€™t bagged any yet, they are not important at all. They have an important place in every singerâ€™s career. But not receiving them doesnâ€™t stop your creativity or you creating good music,â€ said Khan.
Source:The Indian Express