Kabir Altaf : a new star on the horizon

I came to know Kabir Altaf accidently. I was searching for the present state of hindustani classical music in Pakistan on the internet and I found a few sound clips. When I first heard Kabir sing a Meera bhajan Badal Dekh Daree, I imagined him to be an old and seasoned singer of the past era. But how wrong I was.

A few days after I uploaded these sound clips on my Hindustani.Classical.Music folder at eSnips, I received a message from Kabir himself telling me how happy he was to find those clips on the internet. He is a mere 21 years of age and a student in the U.S. and he is still learning classical music. I was quite taken aback at knowing about his young age and such maturity in his voice. Only one other singer I know, has such a voice quality at an young age, who also had surprised me earlier. That is Moumita Mitra about whom I have written earlier.

Kabir Altaf was born in Karachi, Pakistan on February 3, 1986. At the age of 6, he moved with his family to the United States, where he grew up. Kabir has been learning Hindustani Classical Vocal from Ustad Hamid Hossain (based in Baltimore, Maryland) ever since he was ten years old. He has won several prizes at the Annual Indian Music and Dance Competition hosted by the Academy of Indian Music and Fine Arts and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.

Kabir is currently a student at The George Washington University in Washington DC, where he is majoring in Music (Western Classical Vocal) and Dramatic Literature. He hopes to have a career that revolves around the performing arts, either as a professional musician or in arts-management.

Listen to this Meera Bhajan by him which he has sung with the maturity of a seasoned artist :

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8 Comments

  1. November 20, 2007 at 11:32 pm

    - Congratulations Kabir! for the wonderful Bhajan performance.

    – May God bless you with more honour.

    Best Regards,

    Nadeem Zaigham
    Islamabad, Pakistan

  2. Joyeeta said,

    January 17, 2008 at 1:33 am

    Hey,
    I just moved to Baltimore from Toronto and am so happy to hear that there are young Indian Classical musicians here. Toronto’s ICM scene was quite intense and I really miss it here. I’d appreciate any information on concerts and such.
    Best,
    Joyeeta

  3. Observer said,

    July 1, 2008 at 1:06 am

    Hi Joyeeta,

    Welcome to Baltimore. You can send an email to suranshsharma@yahoo.com and ask him to put you on the mailing list of the DC Indian Music Circle. The DC Metro area has ICM programs all year round.

  4. Anonymous said,

    August 30, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    please let me know kabir altaf email or any contact details. chula_kanishka@yahoo.com

  5. Dr.S.K.Basu said,

    August 31, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Kabir Altaf’s Meera bhajan, Badal Dekh Daree is refreshing. I would request you to put the same bhajan at your website sung by Sushmita Das, an young artist from Orissa . The music has been composed by Om prakash Mahanty. It is indeed divine.

  6. Lavika Bhagat Singh said,

    February 15, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Wow! I am thoroughly impressed! God bless you!

  7. Prasad Kailaje said,

    February 15, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    I have heard similar maturity in Mahalakshmi Shenoy’s voice. You can enjoy her singing on esnips. [http://www.esnips.com/web/prakashenoyksStuff] God bless these youngsters.

  8. Surinder Mann said,

    March 15, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Hi Kabir,
    I like your picture with holding Tanpoora. Happy to play Tabla ith you. see you soon.
    Thanks
    surinder Mann


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