It won’t be wrong to say the Nooran Sisters — Jyoti and Sultana — were born to be singers. They belong to a family of musicians, and have been undertaking vocal training from their father, Ustad Gulshan Mir, since the time they were kids. While they have been performing on stage since a very young age, it was the track, Patakha guddi (Highway; 2014) that earned them popularity.
“This song is, perhaps, the most important song of our career so far. When we were told that we will be singing the song with AR Rahman, we couldn’t believe it. We hadn’t even dreamt of entering Bollywood, forget working with a maestro like Rahman saab,” says Jyoti.
Remembering the time when they recorded the track that was filmed on Alia Bhatt, Jyoti says, “It was a great experience. At the recording, the director of the film, Imtiaz Ali, and several other talented artistes were present. Rahman saab is a nice person. The way he talks, the way he composes his music — everything about him is unique.”
The duo will perform in the city on October 16 at a folk and fusion music festival called Paddy Fields, and plan to do “something new at this show”. Even though the singers have so far sang a few tracks in films, including the title track from the film Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015), Ghani bawri (Tanu Weds Manu Returns; 2015) and Hota hai (Mirzya), among others, they still love the thrill that comes with a stage performance. “We are happy doing our shows. But we have got some great offers in Bollywood too,” says Jyoti.
The singers also maintain that their path to success wasn’t devoid of hurdles. “We struggled a lot. Our father made us practise day and night. He used to keep motivating us,” says Jyoti.