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.