How Navraj Hans es­tab­lished him­self in the in­dus­try.

The singer’s high-volt­age per­for­mance at the Awards had ‘em swing­ing

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Punjabi singer Navraj Hans is a bun­dle of en­ergy and you can’t help but swing to his songs when he belts out hits, one af­ter the other. An es­tab­lished celebrity in the Punjabi en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try, Navraj is pop­u­lar singer Hans Raj Hans’ son and the son-in­law of Daler Mehndi. But the singer him­self wants to spe­cialise in qawaali! Why? Read on… How do you pre­pare for a con­cert?

I think I love my mu­sic so much that the en­ergy comes au­to­mat­i­cally. I also feel I have the bless­ings of my el­ders and those who I re­spect. I al­ways give my 100 per cent to a per­for­mance and ev­ery con­cert of mine, I be­have as if it’s my last one. What genre of mu­sic do you en­joy the most?

I re­ally en­joy qawaali! I have al­ways been in awe of the great Nus­rat Fateh Ali Khan sahib. I would have loved to prac­tise it but frankly, the mar­ket is lim­ited. It’s un­for­tu­nate that you have to cater to what is pop­u­lar in the mar­ket, es­tab­lish your name first and then you can fol­low your heart. Who knows 10 years from now, I will be per­form­ing great qawaalis! How do you mod­ify your mu­sic ac­cord­ing to the tastes of the au­di­ence? I have opened shows for so many singers, and been in the back­ground for such a long time that I now know the pulse of the au­di­ence. I usu­ally have a long list with me, so I don’t have Plan A but also Plan B and C. So I can change my songs and per­for­mance ac­cord­ing to the mood. Will you also be do­ing more films now?

I have cur­rently taken a break from act­ing to pur­sue mu­sic. Just like Hindi films, even in Punjabi, con­tent is king and you can’t give peo­ple sub­stan­dard work. What has been your big­gest dream that has come true? That I meet and sing for Amitabh Bachchan. I man­aged to do both! And your big­gest dream now?

I want to re­main busy with shows and also fo­cus on my riyaz. I am a huge believer in des­tiny so things will work out just fine.


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