Music runs in his blood. It’s his passion, his everything. No wonder, Ustad Rashid Khan gave his first performance at the age of 11.
His prowess in Hindustani music since a young age does not come as surprise. However, the surprising part is his humility. Even after being bestowed upon with laurels like the Padma Shree, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Global Indian Music Award and so on, he does not see himself as an achiever and has the warmest demeanour.
We grabbed the golden opportunity to know more about the maestro and his performance at Ishanya Amphitheatre during his visit to Pune,
When did the passion for music nurture in you?
Not possible to identify a particular time slot. Probably I was born with it and gradually my passion bloomed. I can’t imagine my life without music!
Which has been your greatest achievement?
Honestly, I think nothing so far. I am not being modest here and I truly feel that I am not at the zenith.
What else do you love apart from music?
Like every Indian, I follow a pan India religion – cricket. I also love cooking. It is therapeutic.
What do your opinions on rap and metal?
My son, Armaan (13 years) has changed my perceptions on these genres by continuously torturing me (treating me, according to him) with an overdose of these forms on his newly acquired lespol guitar and his powerful amp.
What is your biggest strength and weakness?
My biggest strength is my music and my biggest weakness is that I don’t know the art of talking.
After achieving so much, how many hours do you practise singing now?
I do all my practise on stage. So, whenever I am performing, I am doing my riyaz (he smiles).
What do you like about Pune?
I am in love with the audience here. They respect the art and the artist. And, I always receive a warm welcome here.
What did success feel like at first and now?
As I mentioned, I don’t think that I have achieved much in my career. Therefore, I do not know how success feels.
What precious advice will you give to aspiring singers?
There is no magic potion that will make you a great singer. Only hard work and practise will lead you where you want to see yourself.