I want to sing for Bollywood. I hope I get some offers though I haven’t approached anyone yet,” says 30-year-old Masroor, son of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s sister, during a two-day visit to India.
He admits that in comparison to the Indian film industry, Pakistan is a small market. “There are more chances here and so the talent comes here,” he points out. “And if you click in India, you earn a lot of respect in Pakistan.”
One of his compositions was bought by Rakesh Vaid, chairman of the Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC), last year for an upcoming film and is being arranged by music composer, Ismail Darbar.
Masroor was in New Delhi recently for a concert to spread the message of peace, harmony and goodwill through music. Supported by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations and NGO Routes2Roots, it was a Zee News initiative to unite the world against terrorism.
“Music plays an important role in binding nations. The good relations between both our countries are either because of music or sports. In fact, music is the reason for artiste exchange between the two countries,” he asserts.
He points out that Indian artistes visit Pakistan too. “Singers like Hans Raj Hans, Daler Mehndi and Jagjit Singh have been
performing there and are given full respect,” says Masroor. Born in Lahore, he has a degree in urban planning. But after working with the Daewoo Transport Company for three years, he is now focussing only on singing.
After Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s untimely death in 1997, his legacy was taken forward by his nephew, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, and now Masroor.
“I have several ideas like him (Nusrat Father Ali Khan) to sync classical music with Western. Khan sahab was my first guru and taught us everything about khayal singing, ragas, tabla and taal (beat),” he reminisces. “Rahat bhai is our caliph guru. I take his advice on ragas, controlling the laya (pitch) and taal. He is a big help.”
Masroor is full of admiration for our South Indian musicians. “I am trying to blend South Indian music with Sufi,” says Masroor, whose favourite Indian singers are Kishore Kumar and Mohd Rafi. And his favourite composers are Uttam Singh, RD Burman, Ismail Darbar, AR Rahman and Shankar Mahadevan.