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Jobless Karachi man finds fame in Dubai

Son of a classical singer was walking on Shaikh Zayed Road when fate played its hand

  • By Abhishek Sengupta, Staff Reporter, XPRESS
  • Published: 21:57 May 22, 2013
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  • Image Credit: Zarina Fernandes/XPRESS
  • Khan do it: Naseem Khan at GN Broadcasting Studios with presenters of Josh FM Meghana Dhawan, left, and Zainab Burmawala Zarina Fernandes/xpress

Dubai: It’s not quite a rags-to-riches story yet, but it surely has all the makings of one.

Naseem Khan, “a twenty-something simpleton” from a suburb of Karachi came to Dubai in April, but got lost in search of a job, identity and a means to “send back more” for a sister on dialysis.

Then one day it all happened.

The youngest of six siblings was walking along Shaikh Zayed Road one blazing afternoon this month when fate played its hand through a chance meeting with an events producer.

“I was waiting in a parking lot in front of Ace Hardware when Naseem approached me saying he was looking for a job, stating he could sing. Being in the entertainment industry for almost two decades, I knew I could possibly help him and was happy to share my business card with him,” recalls events producer Abhishek Mathur of that chance meeting.

Two minutes of fame

“But just when I was about to leave, he asked me if I had two minutes to listen to one of his songs. And as soon as he sang the first few words, I knew I had uncovered a sensation,” adds the Canadian expatriate.

With a great voice and a talent to match, the son of a classical singer had managed to impress the right man at the right time.

Khan’s one-month visit visa was promptly extended by Mathur who got in touch with his contacts from the music industry in the UAE, India, Canada and everywhere.

And it was only a matter of time before Naseem landed at Josh 97.8, the UAE’s top Bollywood radio station. “I wouldn’t have taken him on air had I not heard him. He is that good,” says Madhura Rajendra, head of the station.

Comfortable singing anything from classical (Raag Darbari to Raag Bhairavi) to semi-classical genres like Thumri, Khan came to Dubai wanting to make money to buy an auto rickshaw back home. “I guess that will have to wait for some time now,” says the soft-spoken youth who is set to get his first solo act at the Dhow Palace Hotel (free show) this Friday on the back of his radio stint.

Comments (17)

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  1. Added 13:01 May 23, 2013

    No dearth of talent in Pakistan. It is just that these people need a beacon to guide them. Those who are lucky shine like stars.

    Zaheer Ahmed, Sharjah, Pakistan

  2. Added 12:55 May 23, 2013

    Wish Khan good luck and bright future.........Mathur well done, that like a professional.

    Nasir Ilyas, Karachi, Pakistan

  3. Added 12:18 May 23, 2013

    All the best Naseem, may god bless you. Our wishes are with you. Stay focussed and you will make it.

    Arjun, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 11:53 May 23, 2013

    This is fate, which took Naseem from Karachi to Dubai. Hope he finds what he has been looking for all these years.

    Amin, Polani, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 11:46 May 23, 2013

    A man does not seek his luck, his luck seeks its man... :p

    Yasir, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 11:33 May 23, 2013

    Glad to hear such news. All the best buddy!!

    Faisal Mushtaq, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 11:13 May 23, 2013

    Lucky Guy!!

    Karachite, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 10:19 May 23, 2013

    NOWWWWW...that's his breakthrough!!! Wishing Naseem all the very best and success throughout!

    farhana, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 09:50 May 23, 2013

    Wish you all the best.. Lesson to self.. never give up!!

    SK, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 09:38 May 23, 2013

    Wow! Really happy for you :)

    Hassaan, Dubai, Pakistan

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