‘Hor Vi Neevan Ho’ goes on air!

When Rohail Hyatt approached the band to return for the Coke Studio Season 3, the brothers jumped at the opportunity and pushed for a collaboration with their mother, Noor Zehra Kazim, an accomplished player of the Sagar Veena, an instrument developed by her father, Raza Kazim at the Sanjannagar Institute for Philosophy and Arts.

The fact that the Sagar Veena is the first and the only Pakistani musical instrument developed from scratch by a Pakistani and Noor Zehra being the only person able to perform the unique instrument, Coke Studio was instantly on board to have this collaboration as part of season 3.

The song of choice, Hor Vi Neevan Ho, is a legendary folk number sung by the late Hamid Ali Bela. It might be pertinent to note here that the inspiration to choose this song came from an earlier recording of this number, produced by Raza Kazim himself at Sanjannagar.

Recording a complex instrument like Sagar Veena turned out to be quite challenging as the intricacy of the instrument made it quite tough to mesh with the contemporary equipment being used at the Coke Studio. It was after a fair bit of experimentation and tweaking that the right combination was found where the mystical Sagar Veena created its own space and sound and left a remarkable impact on the song. For further details about Sagar Veena and Sanjannagar, please visit the website www.sanjannagar.org.

Besides, a small trivia for the fans is that noori’s famous song Ooncha’s lyrics also got juxtaposed with those of Hor Vi Neevan Ho. Ali Noor sings the Punjabi part originally written by Shahnawaz Zaidi (Mandana’s father) and sung by Ali Azmat in the studio version of Ooncha.

We hope the fans will enjoy this collaboration and provide us with their feedback.

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