Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s second stint on Indian TV, after
, starts next weekend. He will judge the reality show
Chhote Ustaad 2 — Do Deshon Ki Ek Awaaz
, that will showcase child talents from India and Pakistan.
“They are infinitely better than me, every one of them has more potential than my entire generation of singers,” he asserts.
The singer from across the border says that he’s in India nearly every week to record a Bollywood song. “I’m either recording with Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Pritam or Vishal- Shekhar. Don’t ask me the names of the movies, I’m clueless,” he laughs.
Isn’t it difficult getting a work permit and visa to travel to India? “The embassy has never kept me waiting but I can’t say the same for other Pakistani singers recording with Indian composers who have had to bear the brunt of the political antipathy between the two countries.”
singer however agrees that stringent regulations are a must for a country to keep tabs on its guests and their intentions. “Why only single out India and Pakistan? Countries across the world are strict about granting visas to people of certain nationalities,” he argues.
“Several artistes insist that art should be kept away from politics but a true artiste is one who accepts all these rules without complaint and does his bit to improvise cross- cultural relations.”