Instep Today

Ali Sethi lights up Times Square

By Maheen Sabeeh
Fri, 12, 19

Ali Sethi, who has had a remarkable year so far with songs like ‘Dil Ki Khair’, ‘Ishq’ and ‘Chandni Raat’ and his Coke Studio performances: ‘Mundiya’ with Quratulain Balouch and the solo ‘Gulon Main Rang’ seems to be on the right track.

Sethi’s images are now playing at Times Square, NYC and this is not a hoax. Confirming the story with Instep, when asked if it’s true, Ali Sethi noted, “Yes, it is true.”

He explained further: “It’s part of a tribute to the Chinese American composer Du Yun; I was a soloist for her at Carnegie Hall. So they’re playing a video clip of me from that show!”

Ali Sethi – whose versions of ‘Gulon Main Rang’ and ‘Mundiya’ will continue to run for a little while before being taken off had an interesting take on producer Rohail Hyatt.

Speaking to Instep in an earlier interview, he had noted, “I have always admired Rohail [Hyatt]. He looms over Coke Studio and not just because he started it; Rohail brings a certain focus, a certain purity of intention to the business of music production, and I think that makes him very special. Of course having worked with him on Season 12, I can vouch for his brilliance; throughout our interaction, I found him to be a curious, sensitive, extraordinarily accommodating producer. As for what we are doing: I’ve sung a duet with the gifted Quratulain Balouch, and I have a solo piece, a ghazal in Raag Jhinjhoti that fuses the ‘folk’ singing of Rajasthan with classical elements.”