Singer Adnan Sami has described the “Rhythm in Paradise” concert held in Srinagar last week as the most “memorable” live performance of his life.
The concert was jointly organised by the Union Home Ministry and the J&K Government and was held in the lawns of the Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre in Srinagar.
“By now, I’ve done hundreds of concerts across the world. Of course, each one is special. And of course, I get butterflies in my tummy even now before every live performance. But this was in a different league altogether,” Adnan told a news gathering agency. He described the experience as “magic in paradise”.
It all started with a call from Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s office. “When they asked me if I’d perform in Kashmir, I didn’t even think about it. I said ‘yes’ without a second thought, and no money was discussed, none taken. Come on yaar, this is Kashmir. Jannat mein gaane ke liye paise nahin lete (You don’t take money to sing in paradise).” Nor did Adnan think twice about taking his wife and newborn daughter Medina to the Valley.
“It wasn’t as if the tension in the Valley vanished for me. It is there. But we need to go beyond despair and head towards repair. This healing can only happen when more artistes from across the world perform there. And what heals better than music? I am proud to say I’m the first major artiste from Mumbai’s entertainment world to perform in Srinagar, and I’ve come back supremely blessed by the welcome that I got from music lovers there,” he said.
Any regrets? “Yes, I wish I had been to Srinagar earlier. I had been to Kashmir to shoot for my song in ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ in 2015. But that was just in and out. This time, I got a chance to meet people, mingle with them, sing for and with them. Kashmir has such wonderful people and is so beautiful.”