Mohammed Vakil released the Ghazal Album “Ulfat” of Poornima Borah

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RIYADH – Distinguished Ghazal and Bollywood Singer Mohammed Vakil enthralled the audience here at Al Mas Restaurant Auditorium in the heart of the city with the performance of popular ghazals and Bollywood songs. Musical Waves, Riyadh organized the event. A large number of Indian diaspora attended the event. Ghazal, a popular genre in the subcontinent, is a poetic form with rhyming couplets and a refrain, each line sharing the same meter.

Mohammed Vakil released the Ghazal Album “Ulfat” of Poornima Borah and Dr. Sayeed. He extended his best wishes to the Singers and prayed that this album reaches the hearts of millions. He commended its Music Composer Ramavtar Dayama of Hyderabad for its melodious compositions. The Ghazal Album is recorded and produced at Soul Music, Jaipur by renowned duo Rishikesh Soni and Mayank Sharma. Short clips of Ghazals from this album were showcased which were highly applauded by the audience. Apart from CDs the ghazals from ‘Ulfat’ would be available online soon said, Dr. Sayeed. As Poornima Borah, the Assamese Ghazal Singer could not be present on the occasion, she sent her video message.

Vakil stole the show with his much sought after Qawwali from the Veer Zara “Aaya tere dar pe deewana”. His mesmerizing performance left everyone in the auditorium awe-struck as he rendered traditional ghazals in his unique style and performed timeless Bollywood numbers to shift the tempo and keep the audience spellbound.
Vakil said that he enjoys Ghazals because they combine poetry and music, both of which are close to his heart. In Urdu, apart from Mirza Ghalib, his favorite Urdu poets are Waseem Barelvi and Bashir Badr.
Along with his masters Ustaad Ahmed Hussain and Mohammed Hussain, Vakil admires the Ghazal renditions of Mehdi Hassan, Jagjit Singh and Ghulam Ali.

Vakil’s favorite playback singers are legends, such as Mohammed Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar. Sonu Nigam, with whom he has also performed with, is also among his favorite singers.

The 43-year-old singer hails from Jaipur, India, from a family of well-known Ghazal singers. Vakil is from the sixth generation of this family. His grandfather Ustad Afzal Hussain and great grandfather Mohammed Ismail were renowned artists in the field.

Praising the city of Riyadh he said, “Tumhare shaher ka mausam bada suhana lage, Main ek shaam churalon agar bura na lage”. He further mesmerized the music lovers of Riyadh with more soulful renditions of the legends like “Hotoon se chulo tum,” “Tum ko dekha to ye khayal aaya”, “Tum itni jo muskura rahi ho”, “Aaj jaane ko zid na karo”, “Chhap tilak sab chheen le”, Damadum mast qalander” and others. He presented Ghazals from his own albums too which were greatly liked by the audience. “Ye kasak dil ki dil mein chubhi reh gayi” was highly applauded by the music-loving Riyadh audience. Few of his great admirers travelled all the way from Jubail, 400 km away from Riyadh to listen him live. Vakil thanked everybody present and who supported him since his first visit to the Kingdom, prominent being late Afzal Sanai, renowned personality of Riyadh. Dr. Nadeem Tarin, Pervez Rahman and Ghazanfar Ali Khan. He expressed his gratitude to Dr. Sayeed Mohiuddin, CEO Ghazalsara for promoting him online. He greatly acknowledged the support of the event organizers including Jose A. V. Lucky winners from raffle draw were picked up and presented gifts. The memorable musical event got concluded with traditional south Indian dishes at the dinner.

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