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    Javed Ali on working with A R Rahman, his performance with the KM Sufi Qawwali Ensemble and his wish list

    This weekend promises to be a treat for lovers of classical music, with the KM Sufi Qawwali Ensemble presenting a concert. The highlight promises to be singer Javed Ali who, along with Bangalore-based singer Mohammed Aslam, has been invited as a soloist. a�?I will be singing the songs I sang for A R Rahman like Kun Faya Kun, Arziyaan and Khwaja Mere Khwaja,a�? says the Mumbai-based playback singer.

    Ali is of the opinion that the popularity of Sufi qawwali is on the rise today, with music directors composing more of them. a�?Songs like Arziyaan blends todaya��s style with the Sufi tradition,a�? says the 35-year-old, who remembers how while singing Kun Faya Kun Rahman used to correct his voice accent. a�?Hea��d ask me to say the Wazu (prayer) and hea��d create such an ambience that the song would just pour out of my soul,a�? adds the singer who is finishing a new album, his first production, for a charitable project. Currently working on songs for composers Amit Trivedi, Nadeem Saifi and Sajid Wajid, he says hea��d love to work with Ilayaraja and Vishal Bharadwaj. a�?I love it when people appreciate a song Ia��ve sung in a language not my own. After ok Tamil, Telugu, Bengali and Marathi, I want to sing in Malayalam,a�? says Ali, who personally loves romantic songs.

    Music notes
    The Ensemble, formed in 2010, has been performing in India and abroad since 2011. a�?The concert will have three pieces: traditional Sufi qawwali, songs composed by our director, Munna Shaokath Ali, and finally, maestro Rahmana��s qawwalis,a�? says Jyoti Nair, manager preparatory programmes at KM College of Music and Technology.
    On Sunday, The Hilton Hotel, from 7 pm. Tickets from Rs.2,000. Details: indianstage.in

    a��Surya Praphulla Kumar

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