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12-18-2011, 07:43 PM
Hadiqa Kiani Interview

A personality that is reserved, controlled and yet ambitious and fiery – Hadiqa Kiani is a mature and focused woman.

How did it all start?

Hadiqa Kiani: Music has always been a part of my life. My siblings and me have been musically trained as we used to attend music classes since childhood. I have been lucky to be under the guidance of great teachers like (Late) Ustad Faiz Ahmed Khan and Mr Suhail Rana. My real break came with the television programme, Rang Birangi Duniya. The programme really helped get me the platform I needed. After that, Adnan Sami’s directorial, Sargam happened; the movie’s music was what really introduced me to the Pakistani music world. The movie even earned me an award and really got me up and running in the music industry.

Were studies a priority in your life since you are a Masters in Psychology?
Studies were always the top priority in my life. Our mother told us that we were free to pursue our activities only if our studies were not disturbed. I used to sing a lot at school but never thought of it seriously enough as a career choice. I graduated from Canard College and earned a Masters in Psychology from Government College, Lahore, following my mother’s footsteps.

Tell us more about your journey towards your present stardom?

Like all, it was difficult in the beginning. The society that is existential (sic) in our culture does not make it easy, especially for woman to take a stand, but you have to do it. No one can be a perfect singer, you have to work hard, and then keep repeating that performance to maintain your position.

Tell us about your album ‘Rang’?

Rang has a vivacious range of songs that has shades of western and eastern music. A lot of efforts have been put in making this album, because many tracks are quite different from my usual style. The maturity and difference that comes with time is seen in this album. We have tried to put our best effort so that we can improve on our previous work.

Any videos for the album?

Practically, the plans for videos are still in the pipeline, but different directors are working on different concepts regarding the videos. The tracks which, most possibly, will be video shot are Ek raanjhan, Yaad sajan, and Maahi na jaane haal. Also Dholan is being worked on too, so we are closing in on the concepts. We have recently shot a video show sequence program, in which the album’s twelve songs have been shot and the videos of these songs will be shown on television.

Rang is your third Album, how is it different from the earlier ones?

Although this album is true to my style, the difference from my previous work is its versatility and instrumentation. Also, the elevation in maturity within is seen in the music and lyrics of Rang. So, my personal growth and transition with time is evident in my work.

What does music mean to you?

Music is within me all the time, in my mind. For me music is a form of true inner self-expression. There is a spiritual connection between my songs, their lyrics, the melody and me. Once I am into the mood, the lyrics just guide the rhythm out of me.

Tell us about your performances abroad?

I have been a part of quite a few performances abroad. In my initial days, I toured with Junaid Jamshed, Aakash and Fakhr-e-Alam in the first Asian “Dream Team World Tour”, across the UK. I have done a couple of shows in the US and Canada with Bally Sagoo, and also shared the stage with many of the Western music bands and stars like Wet Wet Wet and Lisa Stanfield. Another great opportunity for me was the BBC Lottery Show. I was chosen out of 10 million people for it, and the show was televised on two international channels – ITV and BBC2. It was a great feel.

What’s your take on live stage performances?

Although in real life, I am a very shy and introverted person, and pretty self conscious in public, but I am really fanatical about music and that’s what runs through me in my performances. I have to interact with the audience and feel the pulse of the music with them. My interaction with them is really essential for me. I mostly go totally crazy when I perform. There is a high level of madness involved in my performances.

Hadiqa, your sense of style really is distinct and upbeat?

Yes, the motive is to achieve a blend of traditional with western, something that matches to the kind of music that I play. It is not just topping off every outfit with a long coat; it is about the personality. Also, for female artistes, it becomes vital to portray a strong image along with being mentally firm. Our music scene is widely male oriented and for a female artiste to take a stance is not very easy. Also, a unique dress sense adds to overall vitality.

Your brother Irfan Kiani has been with you throughout your music career. Tell us more?

My brother has been my greatest support since, like, forever. He has helped me throughout – helping me in my singing to arranging the music for me. He is my backbone, my greatest support.

What is your philosophy in life?

I have always believed that one has to have a goal in life, which one believes he or she can achieve, and then (to) give it their best shot at achieving it. Strength and confidence and in oneself and in one’s goal is absolutely necessary.

One should believe in one’s convictions strongly and then all goals will seem achievable. Music is my first and last goal. That’s what I believe in.