Kailash Kher Curated
Indian playback singer and music composer
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Which songs are you going to perform in the event in front of Trump?
If you meet Donald Trump what you want to tell him?
How you felt when you got to know that you are going to perform in front of Donald Trump?
Kindly share some specialities of the program?
Are you going to perform the same way of spiritual and sufiyana style?
How much excited are you to perform in front of Donald Trump and what kind of performance it is going to be?
Have you started giving motivational speeches as well?
Besides singing, I have begun to enjoy my role as a motivational speaker. I visit campuses and institutions. I have even addressed IAS trainee officers at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie. I may not be a great speaker, but, I definitely can motivate, at least my story can. I’ve had everything thrown at me in life. But I never complained to God, ‘why me’. I just kept fighting. And here I am today. So you too can, I tell my audience, young or old.
Are you against an element of a bit of glamour in music?
No, I’m not. I accept that people’s lifestyle has changed. And so has their taste in music. An element of glamour has been added to the Sufi and other traditions of music. Fair enough. It’s the demand of the times we live in. Many people find me, too, different from other singers because I tend to experiment and add variety to my singing. I think glamour is required if you want to create a mass appeal. Simplicity doesn’t work or appeal. Hence our classical music doesn’t reach far. Let’s live with the present time. After all, we’ve to connect to the present generation, too. But I must say that Hindustani classical music is the foundation of even pop and rock music.
How do you rate the new, young singers who keep sprouting thanks to satellite television channels?
I think they are good. Some of them are talented, too. But many of them seem to become stars, not true artists. If you watch them on television, you’ll notice that they’re more concerned about their looks, clothes, dance and style than how they sing or how good they sing. This is also one of the reasons why they aren’t interested in pursuing classical music, which calls for a lot of hard work and dedication. But I don’t blame them. They are only following the trend. After all, you tend to like and learn what you see and get.
What do you think of the current state of Hindustani classical music in India?
Hindustani classical music has a special, even sacred, place in the psyche of Indians. It enjoys an honorable status, not just in India but in the world. Unfortunately, today’s television-crazy youngsters are more interested in “seeing” the music than in listening. They need to be told that music should be enjoyed and learned by listening, not by “seeing.” All I want to tell the aspiring singers is start listening to music. I think radio can play an important role in this regard.
Where does your inspiration come from? Who have been major influences on your singing?
Music itself is an inspiration for me. As I said, I’ve a passion for music. I always sing from the heart and try to be as natural as possible. I’ve been greatly influenced by my father, who was an amateur traditional folk singer, and Pandit Kumar Gandharva, a great classical singer. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan has also influenced me.
You have been stated as being the next Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, which is a hard shoulder to bear. How are you approaching this responsibility?
It is a huge compliment but with that comes responsibility. I don't take it lightly. I don't get carried away with those words because my beginning was very tough and I came through big hardships that made me realise that nothing comes easy. And if it does come easy then you have to give it your best and make the world a better place because of you.
You worked alongside the legendary actor, Amitabh Bachchan, in your album Rangeela. What was that experience like?
Apart from acting, Amitabhji is a great musician and singer because he knows folk music. He comes from a background of music and poetry as his father was a well known poet. I invited him to join us on Dharti Pe Jannat Ka Nazara, a song we were working on for the television show Kaun Banega Crorepati, the Indian version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. I requested him to sing a few lines for that and he agreed. After that, we were all so excited and, to our surprise, he came to our studio and sang. Of course, we had to include this in Rangeela.
Where do you get your inspiration from for your music?
What do you define as your kind of music?
How did your band Kailasa came into existence?
When did you decide to make music your career?
How has your music journey been?
Why did you move from Delhi for your career?
How was your first Job Experience?
When was the first time you felt successful?
How were your first days in Mumbai?