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Kailash Kher's Allah ke bandey charms NRIs

It was a night to remember for Houstonians when Kher churned out one popular number after another that stood out for their Sufi overtones.

india Updated: Nov 21, 2005 17:03 IST

Sufi singer Kailash Kher who shot to fame with his singularly tantalising number Allah ke bandey, has bowled over the Indian Americans here in a spellbinding performance once again, leaving them begging for more.

It was a night to remember for Houstonians when Kher churned out one popular Bollywood number after another that stood out for their Sufi overtones and likeness to legendary singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

In his three-hour-long memorable solo concert, the very first in America, Kailash gave Qawwali a life of its own with legendary songs like Ik Pal Chain Na Aawe, Jaana Jogi De Naal, Dam Mast Mast and his own popular numbers Allah Ke Bande, Yuhin Chala Chal Rahi, Piya Ke Rang Rang de Ne, and the latest Mangal Mangal.

The concert, Sajda - a musical tribute to the legendary Sufi singer Khan - was organised by the Indo American Association of Houston, promotes cultural arts of Indian subcontinent in the American context. Proceeds from the concert would be donated for earthquake relief work in India and Pakistan, according to Hari Dayal of IAA.

Kher, who drew inspiration from Khan, claimed to have grown up on the legendary singer's music and over the years developed a distinct style of rendition.

"It's a privilege to be compared to him though I personally think that none can be compared to the genius," Kher said.