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'Kithay Nain Na Jorin': Ali Sethi's tribute to Reshma set to launch at KLF 'Kithay Nain Na Jorin': Ali Sethi's tribute to Reshma set to launch at KLF

'Kithay Nain Na Jorin': Ali Sethi's tribute to Reshma set to launch at KLF

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Sunday, 01 February 2015 05:00

Harvard graduate Ali Sethi, who is also a singer trained in Hindustani classical music and is a disciple of Ustad Naseeruddin Saami of the Delhi Gharana, has decided to pay tribute to Pakistan's renowned folk singer, Reshma, through a song set to launch at the Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) on Feb 8.


Sethi said he used to hum the song all the time and was also simultaneously receiving training in classical music in Lahore. "I used to play the song on my harmonium at times and play around with the scale and melody."

He adds that he used to sing the song whenever he was performing, whether formally or informally: "I used to sing it at my friend's place or at literature festivals and people always responded really well to it because it's a folk song with a soul."

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Titled Kithay Nain Na Jorin, the song has the original lyrics of Reshma's record with improvised melody and beat and has been shot in Wajid Ali Shah Haveli near Mochi Gate (Mochi Darwaza) in Lahore.

Directed by Sarmad Sultan Khoosat and produced by Saad Sultan, the video features Sania Saeed, Adnan Siddiqui and Mira Sethi among others.

Speaking to Dawn, Ali Sethi talks about how the idea of a tribute to Reshma ji evolved.

"Many years ago (when I was a student at college), I was visiting Lahore during summer holidays and there was this beautiful set of audio CDs by the name of 'Music Pakistan' – a compilation from the radio archives of the best of Pakistani music by Shalimar Recording Company," shares Sethi. "That CD had the original record of Reshma ji's song."

Sethi said he used to hum the song all the time and was also simultaneously receiving training in classical music in Lahore. "I used to play the song on my harmonium at times and play around with the scale and melody."

He adds that he used to sing the song whenever he was performing, whether formally or informally: "I used to sing it at my friend's place or at literature festivals and people always responded really well to it because it's a folk song with a soul."

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