Famous Pakistani Rock Band ‘The Ragaboys’ will perform at Gaiety Theatre Shimla on April 16, in a program organised Ministry of Culture, North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala in collaboration with Department of Language, Art & Culture of Himachal.
The Director of the Department of Language, Art and Culture Arun Sharma said that this programme is a part of Baishakhi Celebrations in India as the ‘The Ragaboys’ have been invited to perform at Jalandhar, Patiala, Chandigarh and Shimla from April 13-17 this year. The will be a part of Cultural Exchange programmes of Pakistan and India with a view to maintain cordial relations between two countries.
He said that ‘The Ragaboys’ is a group of three Brothers of Pakistan and their concerts belongs to Patiala Gharana. The lineage of Patiala Gharana goes back to Ustad Kaluji (Durbar Gayak of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh), followed by his sons and the greatest singers of that era – Ustad General Ali Baksh and Ustad Badey Fateh Ali Khan. The legacy of this family continued with the descendants and pioneers of modern classical music like Ustad Ashiq Ali Khan, Ustad Akhtar Hussain Khan, and his sons Ustad Amanat Ali Khan, Ustad Fateh Ali Khan and the living legend of Pakistan Ustad Hamid Ali Khan. Raga Boyz are the 9th generation of this esteemed family.
The eldest brother, Nayab Ali, is a classical and semi classical singer. He is known for his god gifted voice and soulful renditions of classical and sufi melodies. Wali Hamid Ali is next. He is the lead vocalist of the band. He is a pop and semi classical singer and composer. A marvelous stage performer, he keeps the audience on their feet with his high-octane performances. The youngest of the 3 brothers, Inam Ali is a hard-core classical singer. The audience is mesmerized when they hear this 20-year-old sing complicated taan – alaap with utmost ease. The band was formed in 2006 and the name Raga boyz was coined by none other than Ustad Hamid Ali Khan, their father.
The USP of this band is that they compose and perform all genres of music, be it classical, sufi, rock, fusion or metal. In the past six years, the band has performed across the globe in some of the best venues of the world including Wembley Arena (London), Radio City Music Hall (New York), Diamond Harbour (Sidney) and many more. They have done numerous concerts in China and Bangkok In a country like Saudi Arabia, where music is considered a taboo, they have performed thrice. in Jeddah, on the request of the royal family They conduct music workshops at Youngstown State University, Ohio every year. In 2012, they made their debut in Bollywood with the promotional track for the movie Maximum titled “Mann Qunto Maula”. The promotional video also featured the band along with actors like Sonu Sood, Nasseeruddin Shah, Neha Dhupia and others. The Ragaboys are Winner at the Asia-Pacific Youth Arts Festival in China, 2008, where they competed with singers from 30 countries.