American lyricist EY Harburg once said, ‘Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.” Harbrg’s words came to life when noted Bollywood and Sufi singer Harshdeep Kaur performed live in Ludhiana on Saturday to mark Baisakhi.
Singing her most famous songs such as Katiyan Karun, Heer Heer and Bari Barsi, Kaur mesmerised one and all with her soulful performance.
On being asked about her journey in the music industry so far, she maintained that she discovered her love towards music at a very young age. She says she is thankful to her father who extended his full support for her talent. “My father played a vital role in boosting my talent. As he and other family members noticed my enthusiasm towards music, it was decided during school itself that I would make a career in music. So, this helped me remain dedicated and focused towards music,” she shared.
About the turban being her unique style statement, she says she discovered the style in 2008 when she participated in Junoon…Kuch Kar Dikaane Ka, a singing contest by NDTV Imagine. “For my performance in the contest, I wanted to adopt a different look, especially for the Sufi round. One of my relatives recommended that I try the turban. Everyone applauded my look that day and thereafter, it has become my signature style,” she said.
So, what does she enjoy more — live performances or studio sessions? “Both opportunities play a vital role and offer their respective advantages,” she stressed and added, “In the studio, there is always scope for improvement, whereas in a live performance, one gets to know the audience’s reaction to your art instantly.”
Before she left us to perform for the Ludhiana audience, she added that performing anywhere in Punjab is special for the singer. “The kind of response you get in Punjab at such live concerts remains unparalleled. The audience gets fully immersed in your art,” Kaur concluded.