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Ghungraale baal,it’s always been my identity,besides my voice of course,” Ghazal queen Penaz Masani blow dries her curls and takes a seat like a true brand ambassador at the newly-renovated and expanded Strands...

Written by Jaskiran Kapoor |
March 20, 2009 1:48:40 am

Ghungraale baal,it’s always been my identity,besides my voice of course,” Ghazal queen Penaz Masani blow dries her curls and takes a seat like a true brand ambassador at the newly-renovated and expanded Strands – The Salon & Spa,Sector 35. As the blazing red mane catches our attention,she quickly fills us in on the new range of colour on the shelves. “HD Reds,and I love the colour red,” says the singer who’s known for her whacky sense of dressing and thick curly mop. “Well,it’s not easy to maintain them…you have to wash them every second day,use the best of conditioners…looking good is a tough job,” she tells us of the two times she got her hair straightened. “Bonding and then permanent hair straightening…it was the ‘80s and it was a nightmare,” she eventually went back to the original.

Now that we were over with the mane matter,we shifted gears to the main one – Padmashree. “I’ll be getting one on March 31,” says the reigning queen of ghazals. “It’s strange that there are a very few women in this field. We had Begum Akhtar,Madhurani,and what fantastic voices they were. Ghazal is all about beautiful lyrics,poetry in motion,it’s feminine,soft and emotional,and women should be able to naturally present that.” Ghazal is her life,and she’s been using the medium to reach out to people,especially through UNICEF. “I’m working in the areas of malnutrition and female infanticide. We’ve been doing shows and performances and creating awareness all over,” she talks about her ‘serious’ job.

Meanwhile,with the language of music evolving at a supersonic pace,Penaz is not too happy with the change. “There’s a new sound every week! Change is good,but not if it’s a bad remix. Thankfully,we are over with that phase!” she releases a sigh of relief.

Soft,romantic,sentimental,emotional,and a bit of mischief…Penaz continues to use all the true ingredients of a performer.

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