Riding high on the glory of the rich Patiala ghrana, the famous Pakistani boy band, Ragaboyz, has cultivated the rare genre of ‘Sufi Rock Classical’ — a blend of Hindustani classical, devotional and Western hard rock metal music genres. The three brothers — Wali Hamid Ali, Nayab Ali and Inam Ali Khan — are in Chandigarh briefly on the invitation of North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC) for a performance at Kalagram on Tuesday.
The group’s leader, Wali Hamid Ali (24), Sufi singer, model and film actor, observed that music is primarily a performing art and all categories of music are legitimate, so long as these adhere a to the principles of musicology.
“Yes, we come from the devout Patiala gharana, but we feel that every form of art requires innovation t and experimentation to sustain s interest for each progressing g generation. We are propagating classical music by introducing simpler compositions while adhering to our classical roots,” maintains the trio.
Adding to it, Nayab Ali (25) and Inam Ali Khan (21), the Sufi and classical vocalists, say, “Besides regular training, all of us began composing fusion music in our teens.
Once, at a grand music concert — where our father Ustad Mohtram Hamid Ali Khan and grandfather Ustad Fateh Ali Khan were to perform — we three managed to perform a fusion song, only to rush backstage right after, to avoid our fathers’ wrath.
But, to our surprise, the organisers forcibly took to the stage to request us to repeat the same on public demand. Thus, in 2006, Ragaboyz, came into being.”
“With the blessings of Allah and our ustads, we are today the proud winners of the Asia Pacific Youth Arts Festival-China (2008), where we competed with singers from 30 countries.
Our performances at Wembley Arean (London), Radio City Music Hall (New York), Diamond Harbour (Sydney), Jeddah and other venues have also been widely appreciated.
We, however, feel that Hindustani classical and Bollywood music undeniably rule the world. We are proud of our debut in Bollywood with the promotional track for the movie Maximum titled Mann Qunto Maula (2012).
You can also find us in music stores now in Remo Dsouza’s Amar Must Die, or Bengla Nache Bhangra. I will be seen as the ‘hero’ in Pakistan’ film Ishq Positive opposite Ms Noor,” concludes Wali Hamid Ali Khan.