2 Minute Interview With
by AYSHA MANAHIL
Khawar Jawad is among the talented musicians discovered by Shoaib Mansoor. He started his career as a music producer from Shoaib Mansoor's Tere Ishq Nacahaya and Supreme Ishq-Anarkali Legacy. He is the voice behind very famous song Bandya Ho from 'Khuda Ke Liye'. Recently MAG caught up with Khawar for a candid chit chat.
KJ: How would you describe yourself?
AM: Humble, sensitive and empathetic.
What made you choose music?
The day I was born I was meant to be a musician; I have never been trained for it. So whatever I have learnt I've done it on my own. Now I can't even breathe without music.
Tell us about your day/routine.
Mostly I am working in my studio and I like spending time with family and friends. I have a very hectic routine but I keep a balance.
What do you do when you are not working?
I love to watch movies and play games on PlayStation.
Best thing about your work is?
I believe in quality of work.
Who is your inspiration/role model?
None other than Shoaib Mansoor. He has been my inspiration and role model even before 'Khuda Ke Liye'. I worked with him in two projects 'Supreme Ishq-Anarkali Legacyi' and 'Ishq Nachaya Kar Thayya Thayya' as a music producer. I have learnt a lot from him, he has been my mentor in every way. Working with him in 'Khuda Ke Liye' was a really boastful experience for me. Even today, he keeps on motivating me all the time. He incorporates a zest of positive energy in me. I don't have words to explain how much I am inspired by him.
Favourite holiday destination?
Malaysia and Kashmir.
Continental and Pakistani cuisine.
A lot of projects are in the pipeline. Nowadays I am working on an animated series to create awareness about gender based violence among kids. It's a USAID project. I am working on my new songs as well, so for the time being I'd like to keep the suspense.
What kind of music and movies do you like?
I like motivational, suspense, adventurous and horror movies. I like all genres of music but folk, classical, Sufi cultural music is deeply rooted in my heart. I always try to create a fusion between our deep rooted Sufi, classical and cultural music with a touch of modern elements, to inspire new generation to listen to our cultural music. All the time I try to experiment and try to create something that attracts our youth towards cultural music. Even if they don't understand the language, they try to absorb the essence.
Some words of wisdom for aspiring singers and musicians?
I truly believe that musicians and singers have a duty, a responsibility to reach out to people and share their love, pain and feelings with others. I would like to say that use music as a weapon to convey your message to people, use it as a power because music has no boundaries and it has a neutral language. Use it to incorporate positivism in society. We can do wonders with the help of music so stay motivated and spread love.
Bling It On
If you have it, flash it, is the new credo for luxe-savvy tech czars
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Fit For A Maharaja
A sword typically carries with it the collective weight and vanity of not one, but many valiant generations. This ornamental, handcrafted Purab Pachim groom's sword may not have been handed down from one generation to another, but it's the perfect accessory to flaunt; one that completes your traditional wedding ensemble and is also a feisty, fearless and flawless representation of your price and power. Embellished with red crystals on one side and green on the other (traditional wedding colours), this sword's design is inspired by the constantly evolving Indian wedding tradition. Plated with 22 carat gold leaf and inlaid with clear and coloured Swarovski crystals and pearls, the hilt of the sword is made with solid gold and bears a crystal insignia. The traditional elephant motifs have been given a modern twist by using crystals to embellish them as opposed to the more traditional use of pearls and other semi-precious stones. The sword was designed and created exclusively for the Swarvoski Elements' 10th year anniversary celebrations. This dazzling and masculine accessory is, quite literally, worth its weight in gold, and comes with a hefty price tag.
A beggar to another beggar: I had a grand dinner at the expensive Marriot Hotel yesterday.
How? The other beggar asked.
First beggar: Some one gave me Rs 100 note yesterday. I went to Marriot and ordered dinner worth Rs. 1,000 and enjoyed it. When the bill came, I said, I have no money. The Hotel manager called a policeman, handed me over to him.
I gave Rs 100 note to the police fellow, and he set me free.