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GA. Visaal, means coming together. We chose this name because it signifies not only the coming together of two personalities, but is the union of two minds, two souls, two cultures and more importantly of two great nations.
We had conceptualized this album for quite sometime, but due to our respective prior engagements we could not give it a final shape. Now with the grace of the Almighty it has finally materialized.
What is the underlying mood in the album?
GA. We have focused on the ghazal form of singing and selected those shers (couplets) that suit the ghazal style of singing. As far as the underlying mood is concerned it is a combination of all human emotions like joy, sorrow and romance. All the music that Iíve composed for this album has a classical base.
Back in the eighties you had some big hits in Hindi films. Haven't any Indian producers approached you for giving music in Hindi films?
GA: Insha Allah, I have been approached and I am considering a few proposals. It is God's grace that I compose my own music. I've hundreds of books, I select a ghazal then I sit down for the composition. At times it takes two days, at times eight days and at times even fifteen days, but I don't compromise on that.
Would you like to sing along with any Indian singer?
GA: I want to provided someone accepts the offer. I like most Indian singers and I hope they like me.
Do you have any favourites among Indian singers?
GA: Maasha Allah, whom shall I name, all of them are so good. I can say without any doubt that there is no match to Lataji, Ashaji and Jagjit Singhji. Hariharan is also singing well. Anoop Jalota has his own style. Indian singers are dear to me.
You have been performing in India since 1980. Has it been a pleasant experience?
GA: As I said, in India I've had some of the most appreciative audiences. I keep coming to India because of the affection I get from the people here.
GA: Insha Allah, let us pray the love and affection I've got from you will be showered on him as well. But so far he is still under my tutelage. Let him mature as a singer then we'll plan things out.
Does he sing on stage?
GA: Yes. he sometimes accompanies me. He has sung in America, England and Canada. In fact he had also come to India some time back as well. I pray to God he does well for himself.
Do you have other disciples apart from your son?
GA: There are lot many and in different countries. Some of them are in India too. Here I've Naeem Ali, Javed Ali. I think many of my disciples have a lot of promise in them. Mohan Jutle in America and Ameen Mukhtar in Canada are doing very well and are getting recognition.
You've been the disciple of Bade Ghulam Ali Khan Saheb. Did your father name you after him?
GA: What can a humble singer like me say about Bade Ghulam Ali Khan Saheb. I had been, I have been and I will be his disciple. I am proud I have been named after him. Whosoever keeps a bit of his remembrance will always remain alive to melody. Whatever little remembrance of Bade Ghulam Ali Khan Saheb I have, I revere that.
Any message for you fans?
GA: Yes. I love you all and always want your love and affection.
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