People have been a bit horrified when I said no. It can be so risky to try, and to me to try takes courage. Nijinsky and Diaghilev —they tried. You come from one powerful classical tradition, Indian kathak — is it strange working with another powerful classical tradition? Actually I really admire classical bodies, because I was trained classically. A classical ballet company is familiar to me in its attitude, in its approach, and so in a sense I felt at home.
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Whose fire? Whose hand is this? XENOS reveals the beauty and horror of the human condition in its portrait of an Indian dancer whose skilled body becomes an instrument of war. XENOS takes place on the border between East and West, past and present, mythology and technology, where humanity still stands in wonder and disarray. Akram has brought together a stellar creative team. It has been a real learning process, one that I thoroughly enjoyed. I am so involved emotionally and psychologically in the politics of the world now. And, at its heart, it is a sobering exploration of the human experience of war and its ripple-like effects on humanity. Intro I.
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Omar Akram is a Grammy Award winning recording artist, producer, composer and pianist. Akram was born in New York City. He grew up traveling around the world as the son of a United Nations diplomat living everywhere from Prague to Havana as well as his ancestral home of Afghanistan. In , Akram moved to Los Angeles where he performed in various Mainstream Top 40 bands while also writing his own music. In , he signed a recording deal with Real Music. This album was followed by Daytime Dreamer in which featured six new recordings along with tracks previously released from Opal Fire and Free As A Bird.
Released on the non-commercial YouTube circuit recently, the song is penned by late Pakistani poet Zahur Hussain Zahur. This song has stirred many hearts across the border and got a tremendous response on both sides of the barbed wire. Even as political and military tensions cloud the borders of the two countries, the song continues to get applauded by listeners from both sides. The comments to this song on Youtube are telling. Most of the comments proudly continue to celebrate the spirit of the sons of the soil in the song, which has 1,62, views, likes and 55 dislikes. Pammi Bai holds that the tensions between the two countries have been political and the writers as well as artistes of both countries have always sent messages of love and goodwill to all humanity. The singer says he visited Lahore the first time in to perform during the World Punjabi Conference. This song is a prayer for peace and a message of love and sharing for GenNext.