Udan Khatola talks Seeta Bagri and Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hay

Posted on Sep 2 2016 - 5:50am
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Udan Khatola talks Seeta Bagri and Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hay lyrics, OST title song mp3 download, cast, timings, drama review, written update (source: hipinpakistan)

In an entertainment industry that seems to be regaining its prolific strength day by day, there are some who end up becoming examples of how to do things wrong, and how to do them perfectly. Part of those who achieve the latter, Udan Khatola is a prime example of a band which has garnered massive attention in a short span of time.

Talking to HIP about their upcoming soulful addition in Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hay, and their music in Adnan Siddiqui’s production debut, Seeta Bagri, Udan Khatola reveals all that you’d want to know about their music!

HIP: Tell us a little about your experience of singing ‘Ali Ali ‘for Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hay?

Udan Khatola: It has been an honour for Udan Khatola as a band to compose and produce a contemporary interpretation of centuries old Sufi Kalaam attributed to Pir Shams Tabriz. This Kalaam has been sung and renditioned in various parts of Central Asia through different times in history, as well as in South Asia by great masters like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Abida Parveen, previously.

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HIP: How did it end up in ZKHH?

UK: Saqib Khan, a dear friend and director at HD films was the reason. Initially we created a sample of the Manqabat as an audition for Coke Studio in 2015, but at the same time Khan was working on a project with Dr Khaliq where he suggested that this song should be brought in. It was instantly liked and then one thing led to another and here were are!

HIP: Apart from ZKHH, you also sang for Seeta Bagri. How has the experience been?

UK: For Seeta Bagri, Udan Khatola band has worked as music directors. For us it was a fun and challenging experience to create and write music for a drama plot that surrounded Hindu community and many of their celebrated occasions and festivals. We personally really like how the plot of this drama presented the strength and journey of Seeta, while subtly suggesting a subplot of women empowerment and independence.

HIP: What songs from Udan Khatola are featured in Seeta Bagri?

UK: There are three songs featured by Udan Khatola. One of them is a fun track based on the Holi festival, while the second track is a romantic number for the Kerwa Chaut –a traditional fasting event, and finally a wedding item number.

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HIP: How has that experience been and what are you expecting from it?

UK: It’s been fun! As a band, this drama has allowed us to explore ourselves as musicians. The versatility required by the plot of the drama enabled us to express ourselves as musicians in various dimensions and genres. We feel these tracks will help the people sample the diversity of our music.

With respect to working in this series, we must express how much fun it was to work with the team of Cereal production including writer/director Iqbal Hussain, head of production M Shajiullah, and producers Adnan Siddiqui and Akhtar Hasnain. Their professionalism, command on their respective fields and overall working attitude is commendable. I must thank Saqib Zafar, also a dear friend, for introducing Udan Khatola to team Cereal.

HIP: What was your favourite song from Seeta Bagri?

UK: Can’t pick one! they are all so different and turned out to be par excellence in their respective genres. However the romantic number takes the lead for us primarily due to the beautiful tone and exceptional voice quality of an upcoming singing talent, Midhat Ali.

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HIP: Lastly, anything else you would like to add for our readers at HIP?

UK: We think apart of these two projects we have talked about today, your readers must also watch for an upcoming project we have been doing intense working on. The project is called, ‘Saving a Dying Art’ which aims to bring to light the music gharanas, independent musicians and traditional instruments/players, who due to socio-economic conditions have been shadowed overtime, leading many to abandon their heritage and family art. The project will try to create avenues for some of them to bring forward their art as well as stories to the greater audiences. We will explore various raags as tracks that we intend to make it contemporary, while keeping its traditional integrity intact.

For that, we have already recorded the first track in this series based in ‘Raag Des’ with Ustad Islamuddin Mir as vocalist and on violin, Tabla and Dholak Nawaz, Ashiq Ali Mir and Sheroze on Sitar, along with Udan Khatola!


While the talented musicians seem to be giving in their all to preserve the traditionally intricate music of Pakistan, they are also the face of the nation’s now-budding music scene. We would like to wish all the best to the band for their future endeavours.

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