It was an eventful Saturday evening in the Capital, as the ambience at India Islamic Centre echoed with soulful renditions of ghazals. With Farrukh Baig sung each from his debut album Dastak, the audience present could not help but get mesmerised with the lyrics in sync with melodies.
Farrukh fell in love with music at a very tender age of eight. However, he started his formal musical training at the age of fifteen. His first Guru was Ustad Qamar Mohd. Khan, a renowned All India Radio artist and a recipient of President of India Award.
Though he did not restrict himself to any one particular genre of music initially but developed a special liking for ghazals later on. During his college days, besides studies, it was just cricket and music. Soon he realized that to excel in either cricket or music, he had to give up one– and what he gave up is his victory today.
Farrukh's debut album, Dastak was launched by noted Indian film director and producer Mahesh Bhatt. Bhatt appreciated Baig’s singing as well as the lyrics and the music of the album. He expressed happiness to see a youngster who has taken ghazal as his passion and urged everyone to contribute for the revival of the music genre.
'Farrukh’s voice echoes in your hearts even after the song has ended,' said Bhatt at the event.
Despite being a management graduate and working in the corporate sector, it was music which remained an integral part of Baig's life. His musical journey included doing shows all over, composing and singing a couple of title songs for serials, and some music shows on television.
The album has six ghazals which have been written by Dr. M.S.Rahi and the music has been arranged by Navneet Kedar. Dastak will be available in the market both on the online platform as well as offline from the date of its launch.
After the grave loss of Ghazal king Jagjit Singh, here is a young lad who has taken a plunge to sincerely promote and revive the fading art.