Renowned Pakistani singer
Attaullah Khan Esakhelvi, who enjoys an immense fan following
in India, will perform for the first time in the country next
The 61-year-old singer, famous for his renditions Acha
Sila Diya and Bedardi Se Pyar, will perform at a series of
concerts in various cities including Delhi, Mumbai and
Hyderabad between October 12 to November 15.
Despite his popularity here, it will be Mr Khan's first ever
concert in India.
"I always wanted to perform in India but never got the
chance. I know that I have a decent fan following across the
border. It is very unfortunate that I could never perform
in India until now," the singer told PTI from Lahore.
Mr Khan feels that musical and cultural exchange is a must
between India and Pakistan and he has no apprehensions about
his proposed visit.
"Many Indian artistes are coming to Pakistan now and our
artistes are going to India. This cross border musical
exchange is a must to normalise things," said the singer, who
used to sing Mohammad Rafi and Mukesh's songs in his school
Mr Khan has recorded more than 4,000 songs in seven
languages. By 2006, he had released 403 music albums.
During his much-awaited India visit he wishes to meet
melody queen Lata Mangeshkar.
"I am a huge fan of her. I want to meet her when I
perform in Mumbai. I will seek her blessings," he said.
There were rumours in India that he has been jailed for
murdering his beloved. A film called Bewafa Sanam was also
made and marketed saying that it is the real life story of
"This is completely false. I have heard that they did
this for the success of some movie. My fans were hurt and so
am I," said the artist who has been honoured with the Pride of
Performance Award by the Pakistan government.
Currently working on folk and Sufi fusion, Mr Khan is
worried about the standard of Shayari and lyrics these days.
"Shayari in Rafi and Mukesh saab's era was different.
Songs were meaningful and melodious. Nowadays the life of a
song is maximum six months. No one remembers any song for long
as they lack soul. But I am hopeful that the trend will change
someday," said Khan.
He does not endorse the idea of musical reality shows to
find talent nor does he want to be a part of it.
"I have noticed that reality show winners do not get work
in the long run. The name and fame is temporary plus they tend
to lose concentration. I will not judge any reality show since
I consider myself a learner," he said.
Since some political parties are against Pakistani
artistes and cricketers coming to India, organisers of Mr Khan's
shows do have some apprehensions but they are hopeful that the
concerts will be successful due to Mr Khan's popularity here.
"There are some apprehensions due to the threats from
some political parties but we are conveying the message of
brotherhood through these shows. Artistes are not bound by any
border. We wanted to invite him in 2008 but it was postponed
because of the Mumbai terror attack," said Manmeet Singh, CEO
of artistebooking.com, who is organising Mr Khan's shows.