22 September, 2020

‘I Prayed To Get My Voice Back’

‘I Prayed To Get My Voice Back’
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In 1983, when I was 17, I had two dominant thoughts. One was to get married. I often wondered: how nice it would be if I were to get married; then my wife could also be with me and we could travel together around the country! But I had to wait, and only got married when I was 23. The other thought was a more depressing one—my voice had broken. Well, I did not lose total control, but, as is natural, my voice cracked from 14 onwards. I gave my first solo performance in Calcutta at the age of 11. But, as a teenager, once my voice started changing, I became very depressed. I didn’t perform any more; I also stopped my daily riyaz.

My ‘Nana’, the great Ustad Nissar Hussain Khan Sahib, used to tell me not to worry and be patient, as it was natural for boys of my age to go through the process till their voice matured. But every time I tried singing, I...

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