Ali Sethi is everyone’s favorite. There is no lying about that. He gave a new vibe and a new life to the classical genre of music. He is truly an artist and art is beyond religion, customs, traditions and genders. But that caused him some issues for his latest creation ‘Rung.’
Born on 2 July 1984, Ali Sethi belongs to a family of talent. Son of award-winning journalists duo Najam Sethi and Jugnu Mohsin. He is also the brother of Mira Sethi (Author). He attended the International School of Choueifat and Aitchison College. Furthermore, he attended Harvard College from 2002-2006, majoring in South Asian Studies and took writing courses with Zadie Smith and Amitav Ghosh. He was associated with South Asian association’s show ‘Ghunghroo’ as a singer. And started with his singing career early.
Sethi grew up singing and performing. He has been officially apprenticed to Naseeruddin Saami of the Delhi Gharana since 2008 and to Ghazal vocalist Farida Khanum since 2012. In 2013, Ali recorded “Dil Jalannay Ki Baat,” which was highlighted in Mira Nair’s political-thrill ride film ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist.’ His tune carried Sethi to global acknowledgment as a vocalist and was named the “feature of the collection” by the Times of India.
In 2015, he made his debut on Season 8 of Coke Studio Pakistan. His exhibition was lauded by Indian traditional artist Shubha Mudgal. He performed on the following five periods of Coke Studio. His most striking tunes from the session are “Aaqa” with Abida Parveen, “Tinak Dhin” with Ali Hamza and Waqar Ahsin, and “Ranjish Hi Sahi” on Season 10.
Rung by Ali Sethi has lost its colour
The poster boy released his single ‘Rung’ worldwide last month and ended up under a controversy. I loved the song and after a few times of playing it on repeat it got unavailable for Pakistani YouTube. Ali Sethi is famous for his multiculturism and since he has spent most of his time in the US and the music video being shot in the US.
The main reason could be the music video featured with transgenders swaying along the music somewhere they exist and slight hints of ‘love out loud’ with same genders being together.
Several Pakistani extremists landed on his Instagram and his music video comment’s section was filled with negative comments.
His definition was Rung is passion, ‘the flame of love and the zest for martyrdom.’ The music video is not available for the listeners but, the official audio is.
So, what do you think actually was the main motive behind this major decision?