MUSIC TRANSCENDS LANGUAGE AND BORDERS: WAQAR KHAN
By Sajid Abbasy
Waqar Khan 25, was born in Karnah, located in Kupwara District of Jammu and Kashmir. His euphonious voice and humble stage presence have made him one of the most loved singers and performers of Jammu and Kashmir. His expansive exploration, mindful attention to the convoluted details both in terms of the notes and expression, makes his singing reasonably scrumptious. He predominantly sings in various languages like Urdu, Punjabi, Pahadi and Kashmiri.
Coming from a distant border area of Karnah, Waqar khan has successfully established himself among the best artists of Jammu and Kashmir. Khan did his early schooling from police public school Srinagar, later got admission to BGSBU Rajouri to pursue his Bachelor’s Degree; furthermore this young and talented singer is also brilliant in studies. He had ranked first in his bachelor and secured University gold medal for himself. Being famously recognized as the masters of mellifluous melodies that have lasting value and charm, Waqar Khan has developed into a knockout of songsters, one whose voice can craft any tune into a soulful song. His singing and vocal magic can be well-defined as astonishing, prevailing, and breathtaking. Waqar showed an inclination towards music at a very early stage; Khan was always aspired to be a vocalist. However, the positive and promising feedbacks he attained from his friends and fellows further enhanced his self-assurance, and he started contributing and taking part in different singing contests and events, subsequently performing at his concerned institutions and several other competitive events, he kept himself drifted towards the passion of music and singing. He also sang and performed at different intercollegiate events and many state-level competitions like “Choona hai aasmaan,” “Kashmir Idol,” “Anmol Rattan” etc. and always came up with overwhelming victories.
Moreover, He was adjudged as the winner of the North inter-university competition. He also got lucky indeed for being a part of an international workshop on music, i.e., “ethno India.” He has recorded various hit melodies and is known popularly for his incredible vocal performance; Khan is an ardent follower of singer and composer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, He tried his hand on resurrecting some famous songs of the legend NFAK which are being widely appreciated and loved by the audience. Waqar Khan, the enthralling vocalist, made enormous influence and shot to fame in 2018 with his first hit” Kali Kali zulfoon.” which garnered near about 4 Million Views on YouTube till now. Khan won million young hearts by singing and composing the pahadi folks with a tinge of modern music and compositions to maintain a balanced synchronization between the old and the novel. He gained remarkable accomplishment and eminence with his remake version of popular pahadi song “Tussi Nikka Nikka Hasde ho,” He has also sung some Kashmir songs. However, his latest remake version of “Mayi Chani” prompted his fan following, and his choral for Mayi Chani has also been praised and applauded by many in the valley.
Besides this, the live stage performances and concerts throughout the country have spiked Khan’s popularity and recognition to manifolds. Within a short period, i.e., from 2018 to 2020, Khan has established himself among the leading singers of J&k. Because of his growing popularity on social media and having a bucket full of successful songs, he is often regarded and counted among one of the best budding artists, and performers valley have. Growing up in a culture where folk song, Sufi music, and poetries were very much treasured and valued, Khan is indomitable to exemplify the rich and composite culture of j&k to the audience across the country.
Singer/musician Waqar khan has gifted us with some of the best melodies in recent times. The young and passionate Boy is leaving no milestone to conquer, He is loved by everyone alike, differing to the collective discernment, that the folk in pahadi has a tapered fan following, Khan said that he is quite fervent and zealous towards promoting his mother tongue through his singing and music. His pahadi remake of “tussi nikka nikka hasde ho” is one of his best performances, which he has dedicated to the whole pahadi community. Apart from singing, Khan has also composed few songs, some of his notable compositions includes Gham Kha Gaya, Salam jolda, Ishq, Chalo mante hein His rendition of the tracks is widely praised, with the lyrics and composition receiving huge appreciations as well, Fans and supporters hang around for new compositions and new connections from Waqar’s music; Khan’s fans believe that his voice brings a mesmerizing touch to the song, with a perfect poise of pleasure and contentment. There is no doubt about the fact that Waqar’s temperament is that of a Sufi. Still, his versatility as a musician, composer, and an astounding artist gave him an authority beyond this sphere, No wonder he knows how to quantify the depth of music so well, he carries unique repertoire and style of songs. Apart from music, Khan is quite passionate about his studies and education, amalgamating his artistic proclivity with academics; He has completed his master’s degree and is now aspiring to pursue higher studies as well.
Waqar Khan is proceeding swiftly towards his goal of being a well recognized and versatile singer, and undoubtedly he is becoming successful in his journey of music. Moreover, his passion for promoting his mother tongue and other languages of Jammu and Kashmir without thinking much about critics and scope is quite laudable. Blending the old tunes with the new music, Khan successfully inculcates the essence of traditional folk music to the younger audience. Khan is among the most loved artists of the date and the depth of his fondness is quite perceptible, from the feedbacks and opinion he gets on his videos on YouTube and other social media platforms.
Acknowledged for being easily accessible to his fans whenever possible; Khan said he might do something special for his music lovers in coming days, he said that probably you would find me in something exciting and worthy of your entertainment, In coming days Khan is scheduled to treat his fans with some new songs and engaging projects. Looking ahead and waiting for more and more soulful renditions from Waqar khan.