Bollywood singer Adnan Sami, who was assumed Indian citizenship more than a year ago, says he has been greatly altered by the folk music of the northeast and by maestros like Sachin Dev Burman.
“Northeastern folk music influenced me from a very young age. Sachin Dev Burman is one of the inspirational musicians in Indian film music. The way he fused folk music with his signature style... is amazing. So, I am aware of the beauty of northeast folk music,” said Adnan Sami in an interview at his suburban Andheri apartment soon after returning from shows in Johannesburg, Durban and London’s Wembley Stadium, where he act for the eighth time.
“Apart from the music, the natural beauty (of the northeast), its diverse cultures, the people and their hospitality... mesmerised me. I have gone to many beautiful places across the globe, but I must say that the northeast of our country is the best-kept secret in the world,” said the Lift kara de hitmaker, who is of Pakistani origin.
Competent in Indian and Western classical music and known for hasty playing on the piano, Adnan is famous for hit non-film songs like Kabhi to nazar milao, Bheegi bheegi raaton mein and Tera chehra.