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Azaan Khan and Javed Akhtar

Azaan Khan’s debut album “Philo – sufi”

Azaan Khan and Javed Akhtar
Saregama ,legend lyrist Javed Akhtar and Ustaad Shujaat Khan had unveiled singer Azaan Khan’s debut album “Philo – sufi” – a series of contemporary sufi tracks, along with the enchanting and soothing live performance by the debut artist himself on 30thMarch’12 at Florian, 3rd Floor, MGF Metropolitan Mall, Saket New Delhi. The crowd was addressed by Ustaad Shujaat Khan.
The guests at the event included names like Aman and Ayaan Ali Khan, Amjad Ali Khan,Raja and Kaushalya Reddy, Vesna Jacob, Nilofer Currimbhoy, Shahnaz Hussain, Dinesh Trivedi to name a few…………..
Azaan Khan comes from an illustrious background of Indian classical musicians; he is the son of Ustad Shujaat Khan and the grandson of late Ustaad Vilayat Khan.
He has an innate sense of rhythm and melody and his knowledge of both hindustani classical and western music, coupled with his ability to write his own lyrics, compose his own songs, sing, as well as play instruments such as the guitar, the piano and steel drums, makes Azaan the multi – faceted musician that he is today.
After his schooling and college from Delhi University, Azaan was chosen to join KMMC, A.R Rehmans music conservatory, to learn under a host of distinguished teachers in subjects varying from Hindustani and western classical vocals, to music theory and music history. This additional knowledge gained within a year helped him to carve a niche within the world of music, experimenting with genres of music such as grunge, fusion, jazz and acid jazz etc. He has also performed in places like South Africa, USA, UK, Mauritius and Dubai amongst others, which has given him further insight into performance and world music.
Upon finishing this course, he went to Bombay, where he spent the next year interning under the popular bollywood composer duo of Salim Suleman, and continued to gain experience in more fields of music such as background scoring and sound recording and engineering. It was during this year in Bombay, when he was noticed by the popular record label SA RE GA MA, who signed him on to their label as the artist for today’s youth, making music that breaks all forms of traditionality and gives birth to a whole different sounds cape. With his new album titled “Azaan Khan – PhiloSufi”, Azaan wishes to reach the younger generation of the country, with his eclectic blend of sufi lyrics and tunes with genres like dub step, drum and bass, and contemporary jazz. Azaan speaking about his new album, says, “I wanted to write music that people and the youth of today could connect to, whilst still keeping my traditional roots strongly grounded. I know there is a lot of bollywood music that is light and enjoyable, but I wanted to create songs that people could listen to, and relate to with a particular time or event in their life, and in the process, hopefully, I can create a strong bond between all the listeners and my music.”
By: S. Sarvesh
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