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O Sanam singer Lucky Ali takes centrestage in the city after a long time


Singer Lucky Ali stays close to the city, at a farmhouse in Yelahanka. But when was the last time you saw him sing at a gig in the city? In his own words, a�?Quite a long time ago.a�? The balladeer, who shot to fame with O Sanam in the late a��90s, tells us as it is, a�?I am done with club gigs. My music is not the party kind. Clubs
dona��t make much business when my band and I perform (laughs). The owners regret it, because people listen to our songs and go back, and they dona��t buy drinks. Ours music is not part of the club culture; ita��s more suited for festivals and the khula aasman (open sky).a�? (He is also trying to keep off the Bollywood bandwagon, in favour of singles).
But this Sunday, the 57-year-old singer is making an exception for blueFROG. a�?It is Mahesh Mathaia��s establishment, and he is my childhood friend. He directed all my videos. So this gig is special,a�? says Ali, who will play a different interpretation of his all-time hits, a�?suited for the stagea�?.
Music in mountains
Next month, he is headed where he likes it the best a�� music fests up in the mountains. a�?We will mostly play at Mandi in Himachal Pradesh on December 10. People there like our work. They are so respectful, they greet us as bhaijis (brothers). I feel so charged up in the mountains, it gives me energy,a�? he says.
In fact, Ali and his band have just returned from a Dussehra special music fest from Himachal. And he cana��t stop talking about that experience. Firstly, the band drove 12 hours from Delhi to Manali in their Innovas. a�?Road journeys are adventurous,a�? says the travel-junkie, who plans to sail around the world soon.
Luckya��s philosophy of adventurea��a�?that it shouldna��t be planneda�?a�� has found him and his group of artistes caught unawares by several things, including an earthquake. a�?We decided to stay in Himachal for an extra day and were on our way to Kasol. We stopped as I wanted to pick up
makkai (corn) and rajma
from a village. I was standing in front of an old tree, which the locals worship. Suddenly, it started shaking and dancing. The vehicle in front of me was also jumping. It was spectacular. I wasna��t panicking, exactly. I stood in a safer corner, trying to understand the nature of it (earthquake),a�? he recalls, calmly.
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