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SOHINI CHAKRAVORTY
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interview Singer Kamal Khan tracks success with ‘Ishq Sufiyana'

Singer Kamal Khan
Singer Kamal Khan

Vidya Balan starrer “The Dirty Picture” grabbed attention for a lot of reasons; one of them was the melodious ‘Ishq Sufiyana' composed by musical duo Vishal-Shekhar.

Kamal Khan who sang the number is still coming to terms with the success of the song and the film. He has been nominated in the Best Playback Singer (male) category for IIFA 2012. “Before we started recording the song, both Vishal and Shekhar assured me that the song will be a hit. They said all I need to do was give it my best. I just wanted to sing it perfectly,” says the singer.

Khan, who hails from Punjab, started his music lessons very early in life and participated in numerous competitions and shows.

His big break came when he was selected as a contestant in the music reality show ‘Sa re ga ma pa Singing Superstar'. In a time of numerous reality shows and stiff competition, he agrees that it's hard for a reality show star to get accepted in the film industry. But he also points out the immense opportunities these shows offer to showcase young talents.

“I learnt a lot from the guests and judges who were big names in the music industry. It was on this show that Vishal-Shekhar started mentoring me and later offered me ‘Ishq Sufiyana'.”

The young singer feels that the Hindi music industry is going through a change as musicians are exploring different genres and experimenting with new voices.

“There was a time when a playback singer would be identified with a hero but now singers are allowed to showcase their style and create an identity for themselves,” says Khan, who also sings Sufi.

SOHINI CHAKRAVORTY

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