Published On: Tue, May 3rd, 2016

Attaullah will happy if Sanwal follows his style


Attaullah and Sanwal

Eminent Pakistani folk singer Attaullah Esakhelvi was not supported by his father when he decided to opt to sing as a career and was said to leave the house but when after numerous years after the folk icon was in his father’s shoes, he eagerly allow his children to pursue their dreams.

His song Sanwal Esakhelvi was thought old enough when he decided to escort his dad on stage. After several years he widened his own sensibility for music, having an opportunity to witness legends for example Mehdi Hasan, Madam Noor Jahan and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in person and learning from the marathon figure that his own father is.

Sanwal who is today the musician and sound engineer stated that he never desired to adopt music as a profession.  He told in an interview that “I was always into sports but then an injury forced music to take over,” whereas getting a degree in sound engineering at City University London, Sanwal acquired an opportunity to lay his hands on a special project. He remembered as “I worked on two minutes of The Lord of the Rings sequel while studying,”

Commencing professionally with film music and drama OSTs, Sanwal in its place discovered his passion for electronic music.

Currently, he strongly pursues the work of James Blake and John Hopkin, two artists that motivate him with their technique and use of equipment. He stated that “I am working on how to infuse electronic with folk, playback singing, and ghazal,”

According to Sanwal sounds effects in Pakistani cinema hasn’t yet as popular, he continued as “The industry is growing and it will take a few years for them to catch up to the level of work being done abroad,”

Along with other ventures, Sanwal is at present working on the video of a Punjabi folk song shot in London and Barcelona.

In an earlier interview, Attaullah stated regarding the career of Sanwal as, “I will be happy if he follows my style but if he wants to sing light music and people like that, then he can go ahead.” Sanwal added that there is no pressure and music was a conscious choice.  He stated, “I didn’t get into music because I had to but because I was inspired by him [Attaullah],” father and son both recorded Aa Mera Jaani song.

Being Attaullah’s son there are a lot of expectations. “I feel the pressure every time I look at the keyboard or the harmonium but I don’t think about it,” he stated, “Sometimes, when I’m performing live, people expect that I will present folk the same way as my father but my vocal texture is different, as is my appearance and even experiences so I do it my way.”


About the Author

Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.