This ghazal is good for music accompaniment for Kathak Performances : Raj Mahajan
Dr Hari Om, an IAS with a difference, who is known for his sincerity, honesty, dutifulness throughout the country and now more popular for his ghazal singing and wrings, must have never thought that this sher spelled by him almost a tenner ago, would become so popular some day. This sher is told frequently these days not only on the top stages of Hindi-Urdu poetry but also adorn the status of countless users on social media. The sher is so meaningful that it relates not only with the lovers but also relevant in day to day life struggle of the common people. When Hari Om sang this ghazal penned by himself few years back it became an instant hit and reached lacs of listeners travelling from heart to heart, lip to lip. Sikandar has become Hari Om’s identity since its release. Now wherever this Singer, Shayar, Storyteller bureaucrat goes his fans don’t let him leave without hearing this ghazal from him. The composition of this ghazal was set by the living legend of ghazal singing Ustaad Ahmed-Mohd Husain, who also happen to be Hari Om’s master in ghazal singing. Husain brothers also often sing this ghazal while performing live on stage.
Now on popular demand from the audience and ghazal lovers Hari Om has come up with this entirely new version of Sikandar as ‘Phir Sikandar’. He himself has made this ghazal this time in Raag Jogkauns. Earlier the ghazal was composed in Raag Bhopali. The music arrangement is beautifully done by Mr Pravin D Rao, the music maestro from Bangalore. This ghazal has many new shers also. The music is so arranged that Kathak Dance can be performed on it. Hari Om commented that he is currently working on a ghazal-kathak project to intertwine the two basic aspects of Awadhi culture i.e. ghazal singing and kathak. He will soon be releasing this project in future. This project will have ghazals written, composed and sung by Hari Om on which classical Kathak could be choreographed on the stage. Hari Om is very excited about the release of his new version of Sikandar. He is hopeful that the audience will like this version also. The Moxx Music Company which celebrates a long association with Hari Om as a singer is going to release this Ghazal. Hari Om has sung many famous songs for Moxx such as Yaara Ve, Majbooriyan,Socha Na Tha and Mora Piya Ke Bina. Just like Hari Om the Head of Moxx Music who himself is a fabulous composer, Raj Mahajan is also very happy about this release. For the first time Moxx is going to release Dr Hari Om’s ghazal. We wish great luck to both Hari Om and Raj Mahajan.
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