It’s another week and we thought that after the mayhem of Diwali, we should you multitalented artistes who hail from Pakistan. In the first half of today’s show I was joined by Fariha Parvez who hails from a showbiz family and aside from being a very versatile singer, she has the ability to perform in folk, classical, semi-classical, and modern pop styles.

Fariha also co-hosted a popular children’s music programme and has received several awards for best female singer. It is worth noting that Fariha released her first music album in 1996, titled Nice & Naughty. Since then she has released seven albums so far and has had many hit songs from each album. During her musical career, she has sung for Pakistani films such as Chief SahabSalaibGhoongatSangamInteha & Moosa Khan.

I spoke to her about her transition into music and she said that her family were really supportive of her choice to enter television and then the music industry.

Fariha was very popular amongst the viewers and she had a variety of requests. Her song “Bo Kata” was a huge hit back in Pakistan and I was very impressed that members of my own family knew the song and sang along when they saw the repeat of the show! Fariha said that she was delighted with the public’s response to her music and was very excited about her concert in London and looking forward to meeting her UK fans.

In the second half of the show I was joined by a familiar face on Zee Companion Jaswinder Singh.

 Jaswinder was actually very close to the legendary musical maestro Jagjit Singh ji and he spoke about how he was a laugh and also quite serious and strict about his craft. He spoke of his delight when Jaswinder told him that he would be moving to Bombay permanently to study and pursue his musical career. His Father is an accomplished musician who supported his son’s desire to pursue his career in music and has trained him well, for whom he holds a lot of respect and admiration.

Jaswinder is also a very highly talented harmonium player and he felt that by playing he has more control on stage as otherwise one would have to be reliant on someone else’s pace and harmony.

Without a doubt it was an hour long show filled with lots of songs and requests from music lovers all across the UK and Europe and even though many people may feel that Ghazal’s are a dying music form. I would have to say if you saw the show, you would be mincing your words-Ghazals and Ghazal artistes are without a doubt evergreen.