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Pak calling! Shibani Kashyap
Pak calling! Shibani Kashyap

Shibani Kashyap is due to sing for a Pakistani tele-serial

In a reversal of fortunes an Indian artiste will sing for a Pakistani music director. For years we have had Adnan Sami lending his vocal chords to innumerable Bollywood films, while the performances of the likes of Ghulam Ali, Mehdi Hasan and Jal Band are applauded at concert halls across the country. Now Shibani Kashyap is turning it into two-way traffic by signing on the dotted line for music directors Farukh Abid and Shoeb Farukh. Shibani will be singing the song “Ankhon Ke Ishaare Sare Mujhko Bata Do” for their upcoming drama, Tumne Chaha Hi Nahin.

“Both the countries share a similar culture and music taste, so there is going to be an increase in exchange of voices between the two countries,” says Abid, adding, “Indian singers have amazing voices, and each singer has a distinct style. One can get a lot of variety in India.”

What is good about Shibani, according to Abid, is “She delivers everything a composer wants. Her Urdu pronunciation is good.”

Incidentally, Abid and Farukh have been giving opportunities to Indian singers to make a mark in Pakistan. They have worked with the likes of Alisha Chenoy, Kailash Kher, Shaan and Zila Khan in the past. Each time, it was a successful venture as the Pakistani listeners took to Indian voices with gusto.

Says Shibani, “My selection gives me a lot of confidence and a stamp of approval for my Urdu talaffuz (pronunciation).” Seeming relaxed and happy, she says, “I have been associated with them in the past and we share a good rapport with each other.”

Shibani is also open to the idea of working in Pakistani serials, noting they have greater popularity than films across the border. Tumne Chaha Hi Nahin is a 13-episode serial to be telecast on a private satellite channel in Pakistan.

The music tie-up between the two countries is definitely a boon for music lovers on both sides of the border.

S.M. AAMIR

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