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28 Jul

Hadiqa Kiani’s rendition of ‘Chaap Tilak’ teems with colours

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With Hadiqa Kiani releasing great renditions of popular Sufi qawwalis as part of WAJD, her latest album has easily become one of her most distinct yet. However, more than the singer’s melodious vocals, an even more important aspect has turned out to be the videos that have been shot by acclaimed director, Abdullah Harris for their aesthetics. From her smart red outfit in ‘Kamli’ to the visual composition in ‘Aaj Rang Hai’, each new song has left a mark and now, ‘Chaap Tilak’ is no different.

Also read: ‘Aaj Rung Hai’ brings the soul back to sufi music

Boasting some lovely visuals, while showing a typical mehndi setting, the main cast includes, Hadiqa Kiana, Hasnain Lehri and Anoushey Mughal, who are all decked up in breathtaking Ali Xeeshan numbers, which remain the focus for the entire duration of the video. The colours, and flair of each outfit is a signature of the designer’s beautiful handiwork and easily steals the show.

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The bright colours and gorgeous embellishments boast of Ali Xeeshan’s signature aesthetic

What’s interesting in the video is the use of the savvy camera work, which adopts a first person angle at times and shows the view from the dulha’s perspective. This switch in perspective gives a unique touch to the video. Coming to the music, which has a great raw feel to it, the focus rightly remains on the vocals since the backup music is not over powering, hence successfully doing justice to Hazrat Amir Khusro’s beautiful lyrics.  That being said, it would have been nice to see an actual storyline and plot in the video though, instead of just a mehndi scene, but overall it makes for a pleasant ‘feel good’ video.

Hadiqa Kiani talks about ‘Chaap Tilak’ amidst marigolds and mehndi

Watch the video below:

Chaap Tilak – The Fifth Chapter | A Celebration

"Hadiqa Kiani takes a refreshing new take in her melodious voice on the classic Sufi number Chaap Tilak originally written by Hazrat Ameer Khusro in Braj Bhahsha as the fifth chapter from WAJD – Volume 1. Hadiqa Kiani is winning hearts once again with her impeccable vocals and also a never-seen- before avatar in a very traditional look designed by the theatrical AliXeeshan.The original composition and lyrics of “Chaap Tilak” are by Hazrat Amir Khusro in respect for his spiritual mentor Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya of Delhi. Written and narrated by Hadiqa Kiani, additional composition, melodic improvisations, and on the harmonium is Irfan Kiani. He is also behind theproduction and mastering of the music. Ustad Nafees Ahmed features on the sitar, Rajvir on the dholak; backing vocals are by Irfan, Imran, Sharafat, Sakhawat & Badshah.Full audio: Chapter 5Chaap TilakLanguage: Braj BhashahOriginal Composition & Words: Hazrat Ameer KhusroAdditional Composition & Melodic improvisations: Irfan KianiLead Vocals: Hadiqa KianiSitar: Ustad Nafees AhmadDholak: RajvirHarmonium: Irfan KianiBacking Vocals: Irfan, Imran, Sharafat, Sakhawat & BadshahMusic Mix/Master & Produced by: Irfan KianiProduction Designer & Event Manager: Aima JaffarWardrobe: Ali Xeeshan Theater StudioModels: Hasnain Lehri & Anushey MughalStyling & Makeup: Hadiqa Kiani SalonVideo Director/Dp/Post: Abdullah HarisLocation: Mian Salli Haveli Barood Khana Lahore.

Posted by Hadiqa Kiani on Donnerstag, 27. Juli 2017



Mariam Tahir

The author is Assistant Editor at Something Haute, plus a fashion student who loves reading, traveling, eating and sleeping but manages to find time in between to write.