She sang, She conquered
SHIV KUMAR PUSHPAKAR
SHE came. She sang. She conquered. But Sufi singer ZILA KHAN remains true to her heart, despite the accolades showered on her. For Khan, sincerity is the keyword to success as is hard and rigorous practice. "I do riyaz for at least 10 hours a day," said Khan, adding that it is essential for any musician not to loose contact with the true self. "Sufi music" said Khan, "is all about understanding another point of view." It goes straight to the heart, said Khan, perhaps that is why it appeals to small, select audience. Khan, whose talents have been recognised in the last few years, said that the greatest compliment paid to her was by her father when he remarked that it was she who had the temperament and passion to sing like him. While Khan is a purist in the essence of remaining dedicated to the roots of Sufi music she feels that one has to be savvy in today's world. "Music is all about fun. If you don't love what you're doing how do you expect others to?" remarked Khan "In today's age it counts to be savvy. If you're good it shows." said she.
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