September 21, 2012 00:00
By Manta Klangboonkrong
The Pakistani pop star heads to Bangkok for a show at the Centara Grand Convention Centre
Fans of Pakistani pop sensation, Atif Aslam will get to enjoy his debut full live concert in Bangkok on October 6, with a repertoire packed with his Bollywood hits.
Known for his refined stage presence, vocal belting techniques and hit tunes “Tere Bin”, “Doorie”, “Woh Lamhe”, “Tere Liye”, “Piya O Re Piya”, “Aadat”, “Aaj Bol Do”, Aslam broke in the showbiz as member of pop group, Jal, in the early 2000’s, before pursuing a solo career with his debut album “Jal Pari” in 2004.
His popularity in Pakistan, India and beyond prompted him to release another two CDs, “Doorie” in 2006 and “Meri Kahani” in 2007.
Aslam’s widespread recognition led to collaboration with international artists on an international project titled “The Dreamer Awakes”, alongside members of American rock band Guns N' Roses.
“Right now, my entire focus is on this project. I may be singing with Chris Martin or John Mayer. We’re trying to bring a lot of people together,” he said in a recent interview.
His first international concert was at W StarDreamz Entertainment Group during his tour of USA and Canada with RDB and Annie. He performed at London’s O2 Arena – the first Pakistani to do so – back in April at the Flex FX Production’s Dhamaka Bollywood Concert with Naz Choudhury and his Bolly Flex team to promote love, peace and unity in India and Pakistan.
Next month is Bangkok’s turn to enjoy the singer’s performance.
“I’ve been wanting to do this show
now for a long time because I'm a personal fan, along with my partners (Fifth Sting Productions and Indorama Ventures). From what I see, people who follow Atif are real loyal fans and love him as an artist and a musician,” enthuses Gaurav Sehgal, managing director of Rise Productions. “Atif is a very unique artist in that his style is a mix of pop, rock, slow, fast, Sufi, etc. He combines everything and it’s his genuine love for the music that makes everything blend perfectly. Most of his music has been featured in famous Bollywood movies, and his career is still peaking after so many years of being in the business.
“And because of his major affiliation with the Bollywood music industry, the concert would attract anyone between 15 and 50. We’ve had to create both seating and standing sections because of this, to make sure the younger crowd can have fun and dance and the older crowd can sit and enjoy the show. If you have a real love for music, this is one concert you will want to experience!”
Three other Thai-Indian bands, Cactus Terrain, Strange Idea and DJ Xunny Dey will be performing as opening acts, along with DJ Zubair from Dubai.
>> Atif Aslam is performing at Centara Grand Convention Centre on Saturday, October 6.
>> Standing and seating tickets from Bt1,950 to Bt5,500 are available from Thai Ticker Major. Call (02) 262 3456; www.ThaiTicketMajor.com.
>> For more information, call Rise Productions at (083) 815 2135 or email firstname.lastname@example.org