Ad­nan Sami cred­its dad for his prow­ess in mu­sic

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Singer Ad­nan Sami (above) will al­ways be grate­ful to his fa­ther for nur­tur­ing his in­cli­na­tion to­wards mu­sic. The 43-year-old, who was honoured with the Asian Award for his out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to mu­sic, ded­i­cated his win to his dad. Speak­ing to HT from Ber­lin, Sami shared that his fa­ther en­cour­aged him to pur­sue mu­sic.

“No one in my fam­ily had any in­cli­na­tion to­wards mu­sic, so for my fa­ther to ac­cept that I want to do some­thing in mu­sic was a great leap. The only thing he told me was to get a solid ed­u­ca­tion, which I did, and be­came a lawyer. But other than that, he sup­ported me a lot and that’s why I’m grate­ful to him,” said Sami.

He added that it was his fa­ther who pushed him to learn Hin­dus­tani mu­sic. “I was a lit­tle hes­i­tant about learn­ing In­dian clas­si­cal mu­sic, as no one had learnt it on the pi­ano. I told him so, and he said, ‘Then you be the first one to do that.’ It was only later that I re­alised that the pi­ano be­longs to the same fam­ily of in­stru­ments such as Si­tar or a Sarod, ba­si­cally all string in­stru­ments.”

The mu­si­cian also got some ad­vice in vo­cals from his fa­ther. “He would tell me to ‘open my voice and sing’. Many small things like these helped me be­come a bet­ter mu­si­cian that I am to­day, and I will never for­get that,” Sami con­cluded.

PHOTO: IN­STA­GRAM/ JOHNLEGEND

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