Musarrat never got any formal singing training; it was more “learning through listening”. Used to singing unusual songs from Bollywood, Musarrat opines, “In Pakistan, you usually don’t sing such songs on shows, these are limited to just listening. It was during my first year in college that I seriously started taking interest in singing. During this year I also met Ghulam Ali Saab Ji. He was a big inspiration for me. After that I started practicing other classical based songs too with ghazals. It was during this period that I took a very short training from Ghulam Ali Ji.” And what did he have to say about this sufiana genre that he is now finding himself to be a master in, and getting so much appreciation from all music lovers. “I had tried singing these songs earlier too, as I found it was a genre that everyone appreciates in international level. But it was my mentor, who made me realize this is a talent I can actually be a master of, after I came to SRGMP. After that I have practiced a lot and worked really hard to see that I give my best in this genre.”
This very simple, shy and down to earth person from Pakistan feels it may be very difficult for him to win the contest. But he wants to go still higher up, maybe to top five. Because he never had any formal training, he feels getting selected and coming to this stage in SRGMP has as a matter of fact helped him a lot. “This whole journey till now has been a big learning experience for me. Coming to India and then doing so many promotional shows, the guidance from the mentors all these have helped me to grow as a singer and also has worked to brighten my career as a singer. When we came here we were not so good. But with passing time, now that I have reached top seven, I learnt a lot in the technical & esthetic aspect of my singing.”
Any message for his fans!! And he comes up with another “Sher” for them.
Khud hi ko Kar Buland Itna ke har takdeer se pehle,
Khuda khud Bande se poochhe ki bata teri raza kya hai.