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Classical Touch - Asiana Magazine


What strikes you immediately about Zaheer Abbas Khan is his charismatic, friendly disposition. He is enthusiastic and genuine, whether it be in his interactions with people or in the pursuit of his music career, where his successes include getting 7000+ You Tube followers in just six months.  It isn’t rare to find pure passion in new talent, but it is uncommon to see the kind of ambition and confidence that Zaheer has when it comes to his rising career. His bona fide love for music and art, especially in the Indian subcontinent is exactly what the industry needs at a time when so much music by British Asian stars is feeling a bit 'same same.' Diya Navlakha caught up with Zaheer when he popped into the Asiana office.


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Zaheer Abbas Khan talks Music and Songwriting - Desiblitz


British Asian singer, Zaheer Abbas Khan is an upcoming young talent in music.

Hailing from London, Zaheer is trained in Classical Indian vocal music, and release his debut single, ‘Tere Bina’, earlier in 2016. He even released a T20 World Cup song supporting the Pakistani cricket team.

In an special gupshup with DESIblitz, Zaheer Abbas Khan tells us about his love of singing and the inspiration behind his music.

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SINGER, songwriter and composer Zaheer Abbas Khan has done a number of interesting projects. When Eastern Eye asked him to select 10 songs he loves, the talented newcomer chose classics that have influenced him in some way

  1. Mujhe Raat Din (Sangharsh) Sonu Nigam - This song is very special for me as I had heard it on telly as a child and sung it to my mother the next day; for some reason she became very emotional and since then she has always relentlessly encouraged my music and singing and been a pillar of hope. This song is probably the reason the seed of music was placed inside me


  1. Prem Aggan Jiyara by Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan - When it comes to music there is no greater name than Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. Being born and brought up in London I have been really fortunate to have studied Indian Classical Music under the tutelage of Guru Chandrima Misra, This thumri (light classical genre) has been effortlessly composed/rendered by the great Ustad depicting the emotion of a lover feeling the heat of love


  1. Saathiya (Saathiya) by Sonu Nigam/A R Rahman - Outstanding composition/melody with great emotions by Sonu Nigam in the singing! From the golden days of AR Rahman 


  1. Mitwa (Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna) Shafqat Amanat Ali/ Shankar Ehsan Loy- Superb singing by the “Rockstar Ustad" Shafqat Amanat. This song is an example of how music has no boundaries as musicians from India and Pakistan are both involved in making this track


  1. Chahunga Main Tujhe (Dosti) by Mohammad Rafi/Laxmikant Pyarelal. Effortless singing by the great Mohammad Rafi (My Fav Singer) and very touching composition by Laxmikant Pyarelal. I used to practice to this song everyday as a teenager



  1. Ranjish Hi Sahi by Ustad Mehdi Hassan - The greatest ghazal singer of the 20th Century! The use of Raag Yaman in this ghazal is outstanding in creating a sweet pain amongst its listeners. Ahmed Faraz contributes with his beautiful poetry


  1. Har Zulm by Sajjad Ali - This song belongs to an old album of Sajjad Ali but was recently re-done by him and hit online media by storm. I heard this on his youtube channel and straight away fell in love with it. The unique voice texture and perfect pitch of Sajjad makes this a treat to listen to.


  1. Yeh Jo Halka Halka Suroor By Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Khan saab is an absolute giant in the world of Qawwali singing! This Qawwalli really brings out the passion of lost love. If Devdas ever sung a Qawwali, it’d be this!!!


  1. Kuch to log Kahenge (Amar Prem) Kishore Kumar/R.D Burman - The combination of KK and RD Burman have created some real gems in the world of music but this is my favourite song of theirs. The “Chocolate” Hero Rajesh Khanna with the beautiful Sharmila Tagore make this immortal


  1. Billie Jean by Micheal Jackson - The king of pop! An inspiration for anyone who wants to become an artist. The greatest entertainer the planet has seen - Nothing more to say. 


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We often let our mind stop us from doing things we want. This is because we let fear get in the way and stop in our tracks. My new years resolution is to be afraid of being afraid. Not to let fear paralyse me from the things that I want to achieve. Fear stands for False. Evidence. Appearing. Real. If the mind can conceive it and the heart can believe then one can achieve it

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