Harshdeep Kaur and Javed Ali to entertain Singapore with Sounds of Sufi music on May 25

Get ready to immerse yourself in the ecstasy of Sufi music as two of India’s soulful voices Harshdeep Kaur and Javed Ali are all set to fire-up a musical evening in Singapore on May 25 at the Esplanade Concert Hall.

Aptly titled ‘Noor: Sounds of Sufi’, the two Indian singers are coming together for the first time and promise to give a soulful experience of beautiful Sufi songs that include their famous hits from Bollywood, Sufi and folk music.

Noor literally means ‘celestial light’ and the programme seems to illumine the sad hearts with the celestial light of Sufi music.

Harshdeep Kaur

   The soulful and versatile voice of Harshdeep Kaur has earned her the epithet of Sufi ki Sultana (Queen of Sufi). Photo courtesy: Facebook page of Harshdeep Kaur
The soulful and versatile voice of Harshdeep Kaur has earned her the epithet of Sufi ki Sultana (Queen of Sufi). Photo courtesy: Facebook page of Harshdeep Kaur

Harshdeep Kaur needs no introduction as her soulful and versatile voice has earned her the epithet of Sufi ki Sultana (Queen of Sufi).  Recognised as one of the leading playback female singers in the Indian film industry, Harshdeep has worked with all of the leading music directors like A.R Rahman, Bhardwaj, Vishal-Shekhar, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Amit Trivedi and others.

Some of her popular hits are 'Katiya Karun’ (Rockstar), ‘Heer’ (Jab Tak Hai Jaan), 'Ik Onkar' (Rang De Basanti), ‘Zaalima’ (Raees), ‘Nachde Ne Saare’ (Baar Baar Dekho), ‘Bari Barsi’ (Band Baaja Baaraat), ‘Kabira’ (Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani), ‘Balley Balley’ (Bin Roye), a Pakistani film and the more recent ‘Dilbaro’ (Raazi).

She has performed in Coke Studio (India) in all the three seasons headlined the prestigious Southbank Centre Music Festival in London, alongside Soul/Bollywood singer Ash King. In August 2013, she headlined the prestigious Mosaic Festival held in Mississauga, Canada and has also performed at the London Mela in Gunnersbury Park.  

Harshdeep is the winner of MTV Video GaGa Contest and featured on MTV Ray Ban Never Hide Sounds as a mentor for young and upcoming bands in the Sufi genre. She mentored the Sufi-Rock Band 'Nasya' in the first season and the band ‘Jihaana’ in Season 2. Currently, she is the Judge on the popular singing talent show ‘The Voice’.

Javed Ali

  Javed Ali is widely regarded as the versatile golden voice of Bollywood film industry. Photo courtesy: Facebook page of Javed Ali
Javed Ali is widely regarded as the versatile golden voice of Bollywood film industry. Photo courtesy: Facebook page of Javed Ali

Javed Ali is widely regarded as the versatile golden voice of all time in the Bollywood film industry - a very well appreciated, prolific Indian playback singer and live performer. He is the headline artist for most of A.R Rahman concerts and shot to fame with his first song ‘Ek Din Teri Raahon Mein’ (Naqaab).

He is well known for his super hit Hindi Songs in Bollywood film industry like ‘Jashn-e-Bahara’ (Jodhha Akbar), ‘Kajra-Re’ (Bunty aur Bubly). ‘Nagada Nagada’ (Jab We Met), ‘Guzarish’ (Gajni), ‘Arziyan’ (Delhi 6), ‘Maula’ (Wazir), ‘Kun Faya Kun’ (Rockstar), ‘Tum Tak’ (Ranjhana) , ‘Tu Jo Mila’ (Bajrangi Bhaijan) and the more recent ‘Aira Gair’ (Kalank) among scores of others.

In addition to this, Javed has also judged reality shows like Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Little Champs (Two seasons), Indian Idol and Sa Re Ga Ma Pa on Zee TV.

Author
Ashraf Jamal
Ashraf Jamal – Senior Writer

Ashraf Jamal brings a rare depth to writing equipped with a degree in journalism, a postgraduate degree in political science, and a degree in law from the Allahabad University. His experience includes editing and publishing the Northern India Patrika and writing for Times of India for almost a decade covering just about any topic under the sun including NRIs and Indian diaspora.

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