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24 October 2013

Pakistani Jagjit Singh 'Imran Seher' thrills Karachi with mesmerizing ghazals

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By Rohail Khan

Jeddah-based Imran Seher won the hearts of 1,200 Ghazal aficionados at the Karachi Arts Council on the eve of 11th October 2013.

Launched and co-sponsored by Rohail Khan, Talent Promotion Inc, the event was organized to commemorate the 2nd death anniversary of Ghazal Maestro Jagjit Singh.

The lush green open-air theatre of Karachi Arts Council was pleasantly decorated for the occasion.

From 9 pm until 2 am, the presence of 1,200 multi-cultural people from all walks of life along with Karachi’s tranquilizing sea breeze made the musical evening ‘soulful and unforgettable’.

Shoaib Siddiqui, Commissioner Karachi, while inaugurating the event, stressed the need to protect traditional values and cultural ethos. He encouraged international talent promoters to identify and promote new talent from Pakistan.

The event’s host, well-known celebrity Ms Roshni Kaukab, offered glowing tribute to Ghazal legend Jagjit Singh and aptly described his life and achievements. Jagjit Singh’s life-long admiration and friendship with Mehdi Hasan and Ghulam Ali speaks volume of his own greatness.

Imran Seher is a passionate ghazal singer. Urdu poetry and music runs in his blood. He received formal training from Ustad Zameer Ahmed Khan of the Rajhistan Classical Gharana. God-gifted Imran Seher has mastered Jagjit Singh and is regarded “Pakistani Jagjit Singh”.

For five hours, Imran Seher won every one’s heart and majestically performed forty ghazals and geets of Jagit Singh. The audience was mesmerized with his rich voice and musical prowess.

Special guests - visiting from abroad - warmly appreciated the event as a medium to promote Urdu culture and music.

Sameer Akber, Music composer from Mumbai, admitted: “International and local media have shown extraordinary interest in the Ghazal event. This is a good sign for new talent from all cultures and backgrounds”.

Pooja Mukherji, Social worker from Dhaka, commented: “The mega event has set new trends to offer well-deserved tributes to folk heroes and cultural icons”.

Sardar Waqar Abbasi, Industrialist from Toronto, stated: “Jagjit Singh will be remembered forever by music lovers from all over the world. The death anniversary of this Indian legend is being arranged in Pakistan. Let me confess, this is a great gesture of goodwill”.

Prof. Kaleem Chughtai, Urdu scholar from New Dehli, expressed: “Jagjit Singh’s passion for Mirza Ghalib’s poetry made his voice eternally popular. Imran Seher has rendered these ghazals very well”.

Sheikha Noura Al-Maimani, Businesswoman from Dubai, was impressed: “Imran Seher is definitely Pakistani Jagjit Singh. He has a rich voice and is well-trained. Nice find.”

Special gratitude is due to Commissioner Karachi, President Arts Council, Express TV and 24.7 Brand Partners, Merchant Productions, Organizing Committee, and 1,200 guests from Pakistan and abroad - whose valuable participation was necessary to achieve this milestone.

[Rohail Khan, a Canadian-Pakistani with strong parental roots in India as well, is a Senior Banker and CFO based at Jeddah. He is also Chairman, Urdu Academy International (UAI), Washington, D.C. He can be contacted at rohailkhan00@gmail.com]

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