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My Musical Journey Began with ‘Shabads’ in Gurudwaras: Asees Kaur

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Indian playback singer Asees Kaur, who has most recently sang ‘Panghat’ for the Janhvi Kapoor-starrer ‘Roohi’ (2021), says that she feels spiritually inclined towards music, since her father wanted her to sing Gurbani. Her musical journey, thus, began with singing shabads in Gurudwaras at the young age of five.

The 32-year-old is fast climbing the Bollywood ladder, and has sung ‘Jaan Ban Gaye’ from ‘Khuda Haafiz’, ‘Dildara Reprise’ from ‘Tamanchey’, ‘Ve Maahi’ from ‘Kesari’, ‘Tere Bin’ from ‘Simmba’, and ‘Bolna’ from ‘Kapoor & Sons’.

IANSlife speaks to the singer in an exclusive interview:

Q: What got you interested in music and singing?

A: I belong to a Sikh family, and I feel and I think that in every Sikh family, parents want their children to feel connected to God, do Paath and sing Gurbani. That’s how my musical journey started. My father wanted me to sing Gurbani and I began with singing shabads in Gurudwaras. Eventually, I started falling in love with music. It became a part of my life; I really can’t imagine a life without music in it.

Q: How would you describe your connection to music?

A: My connection to music is spiritual or you can simply call it a very soulful connection. As mentioned earlier I started with singing Gurbani, so I feel very spiritually inclined towards music. The first thing I do every morning is riyaaz (practice) and if I don’t do that I feel very mismanaged in my life. It has a very soulful and a spiritual effect on me.

Q: What does success mean to you?

A: For me, success is when someone tells me that my song has touched their heart and they love it when I sing. I think that is the response that I look forward to from my audience. That is something I really want in my life. Therefore, it is these kinds of reactions from my audience that defines success for me.

Q: Do you find enough avenues for young talent to shine through and make a mark in the Indian music industry?

A: Yes, I really feel that there are a lot of opportunities for young talent to enter the music industry because right now, non-film music is on the rise and even common people are looking forward to new songs which are from a non-film background. The industry has been very encouraging towards new singers. I think the industry really welcomes everyone with their arms wide open.

Q: Please tell us about the challenges you faced on your way up.

A: I belong to a non-film background and one day, I just decided to come to Mumbai and give it a try and that’s when I started meeting people. The only challenge for me was to manage the music directors. Being a female, I haven’t faced any challenge and I feel the industry is equally welcoming to all singers. When it comes to the part of struggling, I feel like it is part of becoming who you want to become. So I don’t call it a struggle but a process. I really enjoyed my process and I’m happy that I am here today because of my decision to not give up and always give a 100 per cent. That is one thing I really live by.

Q: Who inspires you in the world of music? Who do you look forward to working with?

A: I am really inspired by Madan Noor Jahan Ji. From childhood I’ve been listening to her songs. Her singing style and her ‘adayegi’ (style) is something I really want in my own singing. In today’s generation, I’m really inspired by Arijit Singh as I have worked with him a lot. I think we’ve sung like four or five songs together. I also look forward to working with Mithun Sir, A. R. Rahman Sir, and Shankar Ehsan Loy. These are a few of my favourite composers or collaborations.

Q: A little about your upcoming projects.

A: There is a song coming out on April 18 with the DMF, it’s a very beautiful Punjabi number and I really feel that people will love dancing to it at weddings. There is another love song coming up with Tipz music. A lot of film songs are in the pipeline and we’re just waiting for the theatres to reopen for the release of films so that I can talk about my film songs. There is a very exciting and busy life ahead for me and I’m very happy and thankful for that.

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History, Significance and Celebrations of Eid after Ramadan

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Eid Prayer at Kaaba. (File pic/Shutterstock)

Eid Prayer at Kaaba. (File pic/Shutterstock)

Muslims across the world observe Eid ul Fitr by exercising prayers that are succeeded by a sermon shortly after sunrise

Eid ul Fitr is commemorated on the opening day of the Shawwal month and Muslims across the world pay their honour to Allah for offering them health and resistance through the month-long fasting time called Ramzan or Ramadan.

The occasion signifies the end of Ramadan, the Islamic sacred month of fasting and is observed by Muslims all across the world. Eid al-Fitr means the “Festival of breaking fast.” The date of Eid ul Fitr is decided after the sighting of the crescent moon. In India, Eid ul Fitr will be celebrated on Friday, May 14. On Eid ul Fitr, people wear new clothes, preparing delicacies and doing charity. They also visit their family and friends for festivities.

History

It is generally accepted that Prophet Muhammad received the first vision of the Holy Quran during the holy month of Ramzan. Eid al-Fitr signified the end of fasting from dawn to dusk throughout Ramadan and the opening of the Shawwal month. Eid ul Fitr is also observed to pay tribute to Allah for bestowing strength and courage during the month-long fasting customs.

Celebrations

It is a common belief that good actions are repaid 10 times in Islam and therefore the 30-day fasting season of Ramadan furnishes prosperity, harmony and peace to all individuals who endorse and dedicate themselves to the sacred cause.

Muslims across the world observe Eid ul Fitr by exercising prayers that are succeeded by a sermon shortly after sunrise. The day proceeds with devotees slipping in new clothes, offering greetings by saying “Eid Mubarak”, and also by sharing sweets. Children are given gifts and cash from elders which is termed as Eidi.

The celebration is unfinished without a comprehensive food menu including a host of delicacies like Haleem, Kebabs, Biryani, Nihari and mouth-watering desserts like Seviyan.

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Eid Mubarak Wishes, Images, Quotes, Status, Messages, Photos and Greetings

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Eid ul Fitr, an auspicious festival of Muslims, is celebrated with much fanfare globally. The date of Eid ul Fitr is decided after the sighting of the crescent moon. In India, Eid ul Fitr will be celebrated on Friday, May 14. On Eid ul Fitr, people wear new clothes, preparing delicacies and doing charity. They also visit their family and friends for festivities.

However, like last year, this year’s too Eid ul Fitr celebrations will be different as large gatherings are prohibited in view of the coronavirus pandemic. People are advised to say at home to protect themselves from COVID-19 and contain the spread of coronavirus.

Various Islamic leaders and governments across the world have asked people to offer prayers at home instead of gathering in large numbers at mosques. With coronavirus lockdown and social distancing norms in place, people can wish their near and dear ones through video calls, on social media or text messages.

Here are some of the messages which you can send to your family and friends on the occasion of Eid 2021.

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1. There’s no greater blessing than that of Allah. There’s no greater happiness than that of attaining pure Bliss. Eid Mubarak to you and your family! Eid ul Fitr 2021

2. Eid is a day to cheer and to laugh with all your heart. It’s a day to be grateful to Allah for all of his heavenly blessings on us. Wishing you a Happy Eid 2021

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3. Eid Mubarak! Seize the moment and be happy. Because very little is needed to make a happy life, it’s all within yourself and your way of thinking. Happy Eid 2021

4. Before we ask for happiness and prosperity, we should ask for mercy. May Allah shower his mercy on us. Eid Mubarak!

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5. Accept the blessings of Allah with all your heart and forget the sorrows that burden your soul. Enjoy the moments you share with your family. Happy Eid!

6. Let this Eid be the occasion of sharing the love and caring for the people who need to be loved and cared. Eid Mubarak to all!

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7. May this Eid bring joy and love to your heart and create all the opportunities of success for you! Eid Mubarak.

8. You can bring a smile on face even when I am feeling sad. A friend like is a treasure to keep forever. May Allah shower his blessings on you. Eid Mubarak dear!

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9. May this Eid brings you joys unlimited, may all your wishes come true on this holy day, may Allah approve your kind deeds, forgive your disobedience and sins, and ease the suffering of all individuals around the globe. Eid Mubarak blessed by the grace of Allah. Eid Mubarak!

10. Eid is a day of sharing what we have and caring for others. May you have a wonderful Eid this year!

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Shahi Imam Declares Eid Celebrations in India on Friday

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Shahi Imam Ahmed Bukhari announces Eid al-Fitr to be celebrated on Friday, May 14 as Moon was not sighted on Wednesday. Earlier, the Saudi Arabia’s moon sighting committee on Tuesday night announced that the crescent or Shawwal moon had not been sighted. Therefore, Wednesday, May 12, will be the last day of the holy month of Ramadan, and the first day of Eid-al-Fitr will be celebrated on Thursday, May 13.

The festival depends on the lunar calendar and is celebrated across the world on the first day of Shawwal, the tenth month of the Islamic calendar Hijri. In India, the holy festival is marked on the second day of moon sighting in Saudi Arabia. Hence, Eid-ul-Fitr in India will be celebrated on Friday, May 14.

Eid al-Fitr Date:

In India, the month of Ramadan began on April 14. According to Islamic traditions, the tenth month begins with the sighting of the crescent moon in the sky. The sighting of the moon on the last day of Ramadan confirms the arrival of Eid al-Fitr for the next day. In India Eid-ul-Fitr will be observed on Friday, May 14.

The Shawwal moon is first sighted in Saudi Arabia, home to the holiest site of the religion, Mecca. After Saudi Arabia sights the moon, it confirms the date for Eid in other countries.

Festival of charity and gratitude

With the coronavirus pandemic ravaging through the country and other parts of the world, it is expected that Eid celebrations will be low-key. Eid al-Fitr is also known as a festival of charity and gratitude that brings deep spiritual awakening for its followers.

One of the five pillars of Islam is zakat that means charity and on this day followers believe in giving money, food, clothes and other items of necessity to the poor. In fact, many Muslims give Zakat before offering Eid prayers. Children also receive eidi from elders, which can be in the form of money or a gift.

The day signifies the value of togetherness, harmony and celebration of life. After a month of fasting, Eid al-Fitr also brings some hearty feast for its followers. The main dish of this festival is a sweet kheer or seviyan. Other food items include Biryani, kebabs, and nihari.

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