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Ali Sethi: Farida Khanum ji instantly agreed for a live session with Rekha Bhardwaj

Ali Sethi recently got Farida Khanum to join an Instagram Live with Rekha Bhardwaj, where the Pakistani ghazal legend sang "Aaj Jaane Ki Zidd Na Karo".

Written by Mimansa Shekhar | New Delhi | Updated: April 9, 2020 9:12:10 pm
ali sethi farida khanum aaj jaane ki zid na karo Ali Sethi interacted with fans during a Facebook Live from The Indian Express page.

Ali Sethi recently interacted with fans during a Facebook Live from The Indian Express page. And in between singing songs and strumming the guitar, the Pakistani singer revealed how he got Farida Khanum on board the Instagram Live session with Rekha and Vishal Bhardwaj, which saw the legendary ghazal singer crooning the iconic track, “Aaj Jaane Ki Zidd Na Karo.”

Amid taking fans’ questions, Ali was asked by indianexpress.com, the story behind Khanum’s rare appearance on a social media platform. Ali said, “I convinced her by asking her if she wanted to go live with me, Rekha and Vishal Bhardwaj, who have been her fans for a long time. I was in Bhutan about six years ago at the Mountain Echoes Literary Festival. That’s where I met Rekha Bhardwaj for the first time, and we got to sing together. Then she said to me, ‘Can you please introduce me to Farida ji because I want to talk to her. She is my guru as we all have listened to her music.’ This was her dream for several years which just wasn’t getting fulfilled. So I floated this idea to Farida ji and she instantly agreed. It was totally spontaneous.”

Ali Sethi also crooned a few lines of “Aaj Jaane Ki Zidd Na Karo” to the tunes of his guitar.

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