Dream Debut

He takes inspiration from legendary singers such as Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Mohammad Rafi and Gurdas Maan. For Jay Kahlon, music is reason enough to live, and so, he carried the music of his homeland along when he migrated to Sweden with his family as a teenager some years ago. As a child, he was trained by late Ishwar Das Pathak from Bassi Pathana, Punjab. He moved to Sweden later, where he contined his practice. "The Punjabi community there is pretty close-knit and active, and we hold an annual Sabyachaar Mela to keep our culture and traditions alive," said Kahlon, addressing the media at Chandigarh Press Club on Tuesday. At the fair, besides performing himself, he trains children to participate in bhangra, gidda and turban-tying contests. The 20-something Kahlon decided to pay a visit to Punjab and cut his first album, titled Nahi Sarda. The album follows the usual mix; romantic and folk numbers. Penned by Pali and Jaani Gidderbaha, the music has been composed by Praki D. The album includes the loud and aggressive Goli song, the folksy Dulle Jatt and Mirza and romantic numbers such as Dil Wali Gali, Dil De Buhe and Akh Teri Larungi. Defending Goli, which has violent lyrics , Kahlon said, "It's a befitting answer to the crime happening in India". Kahlon, who has also played an itsy role in the Hollywood film Zero Dark Thirty, admits that music is his ticket to films and he already has some offers. "But I want to do justice to music first and have really worked hard to release this album," said Kahlon, who took his album to Maan to seek his "blessings" before officially releasing it.

Next up is an untitled album with Punjabi rapper, Badshah.

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