Pakistani music, which got stagnant in last decade due to some reasons, has started to revive on its past trends now as many new music competitions and sessions are on horizon to promote new and fresh art. In this vibrant scene, one name is Dr Farah Essa, who has adamant determination to produce more mature music. She recently has released two of her original songs, Maula and Kaisey Guzaron, both available on her official facebook page Patari also, are making waves on social media and being praised in music circle as well.
The feel of her both the songs resonates to the sounds of our bygone golden era of 60s and 70s touching the notes of filmy, folk and classical ghazal music. The Maula, penned by the subcontinent sufi poet of 19th century Khwaja Ghulam Farid has all the essence of spirituality while Kaisey Guzarin from Ustad Abdul Karim Khan, a classical maestro of musical gharna of UP, is an innocent pure love ballad with touch of Amir Khusro like poetry.
Farah is releasing her singles under the album titled, ‘Azm-e-Safar’ meaning ‘Ready To Go’. The album has eight songs in it, which she aims to release online one by one.
Her next numbers are consisted of some old kalaams, some original one with light romantic composition, while some of them are cover versions of old folks.
Farah would also sing pop and other genres in future but right now she wants to make a stand apart from others to make her distinct identity. For this, her primary emphasize is on Impactful poetry which really touches her heart.
“I want to sing our great late Urdu poets because I strongly feel that we are forgetting the sweetness and beauty of this language. I also want to revive the ghazal gaiki, which has been a very popular genre of our music in past, is fading away with time. I love spiritual poetry as well, little bit inclined towards Sufism.”
Farah believes that music is something which you learn all your life. She admits that her voice is not for typical ‘thaith’ classical but more suitable for semi classical music. It appeases to her senses as well.
“I think the semi classic touch is also admired by young generation especially when it is fused with some other genre. So, fusion is something I am actually looking for. I love to compose a song in pop composition in which sarangi is also present, but a complete pop composition is not my cup of tea, although I also listen to pop music.
In future, she aims to perform in public very selectively.
A radiologist by profession and born into a hard-core family of doctors and physicians (daughter of a doctor parents and the only sister of four brothers, each working in the field of medicine), Farah could not think of going into any field but medicine but at the same time her love of singing also bloomed. She thinks singing is in her blood from her paternal side as her father, a renowned name in the field of medicine, late Dr Essa Muhammad Abdullah was profound in music and used to sing ghazals in his own compositions. Farah has an inheritance of notable literary personalities and educationist from her maternal side. The renowned writer Quratulain Haider was her grandmother and Amina Syed is her aunt. She thinks it is in her genes to love Urdu and feels responsibility to keep the legacy by promoting and respecting the language and may be because of this fact, she chose the old school of poetry for her music.
Farah tells that her parents caught her singing when she was a toddler and when only eight, picked up by Sohail Rana and travelled along with his troop to perform. At the same time, she also got free tuition from veteran Nisar Bazmi in reward of winning a singing competition. He taught her roots of music by training her in typical filmy songs of Madam Noor Jahan. She considers him as the one who modulate her voice at very early age. Her teacher in classical singing is Ustad Taufiq Ahmed Khan Niazi, from whom she is learning music since the age of 15.
When entered into ninth grade, she left the music training and performances and focussed just on her studies to become a doctor.
Farah resumed singing when she went to Toronto for her post-graduation in 2000, and later settled there. She represented Pakistan on various occasions and also won awards. She moved to Saudi Arabia in 2012 and did her first solo show there at Pakistani Embassy in 2016, where she sang from Madam Noor Jahan to Abida Perveen to Quratulain Baloch.
She has decided to take singing as her second profession and calls medicine field her bread and singing her butter.
Moving back to Pakistan in 2017 when her father got ill, Farah now continues practicing as chief radiologist in her family business Dr Essa Laboratory & Diagnostic Centre, and at the same time, doing music as well.
“Music is my passion. I am divided in two halves one is of a medical practitioner and other is a musician. I am a physician by the day and singer by the night.”
Also a caring mother of two kids, Farah’s family and her husband support her all the way. She believes that when your family is standing at your back, nothing can stop you from going further.
Her main inspirations in music are Madam Noor Jahan, Abida Perveen, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Lata Mageshkar and Jagjit Singh. In newer lot, Richa Sharma and Shriya Ghoshal are her favourite.
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The song comes as a breather of fresh air in the current times when everyone is confined to their houses because of the global pandemic. The song, written in English and Urdu, is a fusion of contemporary and pop music. It’s a happy-sad song, something that hasn’t been done before.
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