I can play 32 musical instruments: Adnan Sami

Singer and composer, Adnan Sami talks about his biggest risks in life, his favourite music, the theme song of his life, and ofcourse, food.

brunch Updated: Dec 14, 2014 18:44 IST
Veenu Singh
Veenu Singh
Hindustan Times
Adnan Sami


If you weren’t a singer, you would’ve been...
Music is something I have worked on since I was a child. But I am also trained to be a barrister.

Which musical instrument do you enjoy playing the most?
I can play 32 instruments. My father insisted that I master playing the piano.

The style of singing you are most comfortable with.
I’m comfortable in all styles, right from jazz to ghazals.

Your favourite singers.
Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Bhimsen Joshi, Kishore Kumar and Mohammed Rafi.

Your favourite lyricists.
Anand Bakshi, Majrooh Sultanpuri and Gulzar.

The biggest risk you’ve taken in life.
Despite coming from a family with a very aristocratic background, I did not fall in line with their choice of professions.


Live performance or studio recording – which do you prefer?

The satisfaction from an electrifying live performance is great as I share a wonderful relationship with my audience.

A piece of advice you wish someone had given you 10 years ago.

Nothing I can talk about openly.

The theme song of your life is...

Yeh Kya Hua, Kyon Hua, Kaise Hua...
and Musafir Hoon Yaaron.

Would you want to team up with Yo Yo Honey Singh?

Why not? I rapped way back in 1991.

https://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/12/1412brpg28c.jpgThe first thing you said when you saw a slimmer you in the mirror?

"What the hell are you upto now?"

Your advice to people trying to lose weight.

Do not go on the Internet to look for diets. Go to a good nutritionist for advice that would suit your body best.

A food you still binge on.

I eat everything in moderation now.

Your fitness funda.

I play squash.

What makes your day?

A good cup of tea or coffee.

What spoils it?

Not getting that.

You de-stress by...

Listening to music. Or watching a movie from my collection of over 7,000 films.

Your favourite holiday destination.

Any remote place or a resort in Bahamas or Mauritius.

The last line of your biography would read...

He did it his way!

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First Published: Dec 12, 2014 20:48 IST