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Jagjit Singh invited to perform in Pakistan

By Viral Bhayani, IANS

Mumbai, Jan 6 Famed Indian ghazal singer Jagjit Singh has been invited to perform in Pakistan in what promises to make ties between the two countries hit a high note.

Not long ago, Singh and singer Abhijeet were in the news for demanding that Pakistani singers should be banned from performing in India. But now Singh has himself been invited after two decades to perform in Lahore.

"There are currently two invitations from Pakistan. One of them happens to be from a Rotary Club, which has been after me for a very long time," Singh told IANS.

"Now I've got a call from the PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) people. They are planning an event but I'm not sure if I have the dates they are planning."

The Indian high commission in Pakistan had invited him for the Republic Day celebrations in 1980 - the only time he performed in Pakistan.

"I have nothing against the exchange of singers but one has to look at the interest of the country. I would first consider the political situation and then consider performing there.

"If the government says yes then only will I perform there, otherwise I'm happy performing here and in other countries," adds Singh.

On the anvil are an album from the Sony Music stable and a 20-city tour of the US this April. "It is after four years that I will perform in the US and I just got to know from the promoters that almost every ticket has been sold out."

Singh will also be doing a concert where he will experiment with other musical genres like jazz.

Singh said his Mumbai-based Music Academy of India will be hosting India's first ever Fusion Music Awards this year.

"The Music Academy of India is the first ever music academy devoted solely to fusion music and we have launched this initiative to promote fusion music in India," Singh said.

"The series of activities will start with a fundraising concert on January 9 in Mumbai where I will perform and give a platform to young students from this academy to showcase their talent. I'm also very keen on working along with Louis Banks if he agrees."

"I think ghazal has a great future and fusion is something that is quite possible. Fusion is good as long it does not become confusion!"

As for remixes, he said: "I think some of the work is quite well done. At the same time there are people who have done trashy work. I don't mind if someone remixes my tracks as long as they do a good job."


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