Nakash Aziz - Mangalorean voice in Bollywood music

Nakash Aziz - Mangalorean voice in Bollywood music

Sanchia Nazareth
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore

Mangalore, Sep 29: Many Mangaloreans have already made an indelible mark in Bollywood, be it actors, actresses, directors or even choreographers. Now, another Mangalorean has joined the bandwagon, this time charming the entire country with his sonorous voice and music.

Meet Nakash Aziz, the recent sensation in the Bollywood music industry, the voice behind hits like the title track from 'Aisha', 'Pungi' (with Mika Singh and Pritam) from 'Agent Vinod' and 'Second-hand Jawani' from 'Cocktail', 'Phata Phati' from 'Barfi', and the latest, 'Dhating Naach' from 'Phata Poster Nikla Hero'. Not is Nakash a singer, but also a music composer.

For Nakash, who was born in Moodbidri to Naushad Aziz and Shamshad, the inspiration and music has come from family. His father Naushad, retired employee of Corporation Bank, and his uncle Ameerjan were well-known as 'Junior Kishore Kumar' and 'Junior Mukesh' respectively, and their music band 'Rema Roses' was famous in Mangalore and other parts of Karnataka and Kerala as well. Nakash was a master of tunes from a very young age, and he regaled audiences even as a child with entertaining performances with his father and on his own as part of various concerts.

Speaking to daijiworld, Nakash said that music has always been in his family. Although he did not recieve any formal training till his later school days, he followed in his father's footsteps especially when it came to practising. It is only during his high school and college days that he studied Hindustani classical music.

Nakash never hesitated to do anything in life. His father's colleague suggested that Nakash participate in a couple of music shows which encouraged child talent. He took it up, and for around three years Nakash along with several other kids entertained audience all over.

"That is where several doors opened. I met different people and I was prepared for anything that came my way. Determination and constant practice helped me reach the next level," says Nakash.

Entry into the popular 'Indian Idol' contest gave a new dimension to his career. He made it to the top 28, and although he had to face an exit soon after, it did not deter the budding singer and only encouraged him to perform better.

"Although the journey was not as I would have imagined, the exit from Indian Idol was in in fact a major positive sign for me," he says.

Asked who he considers his role model, Nakash says, "Being around musicians is amazing. My true role model would be A R Rahman. Listening to his music live is like sitting at a Dargah... so peaceful. Pritam is another composer-musician I adore. I learnt to be humble from him."

He adds, "During my college days I did not even have money for an ice cream, still I would somehow save up and ensure that a CD or a recording of A R Rehman was in my possession. A R Rehman has made a major impact on my music, and I listens to all his music including in Tamil, Telugu and others."

Bollywood's top music composer Pritam is more of a friend to Nakash. "He (Pritam) taught me to be grounded... this is what will help me go a long way. Success sometimes does carry you away from reality. I will work hard and strive to keep my head firm on my shoulders."

Nakash Aziz has also assisted Pritam as music composer and also A R Rahman in films like 'Delhi 6', 'Rockstar', 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan', 'Raanjhana', 'Olympics Song 2012' (Danny Boyle) and has sung for A R Rahman in a few films like the recent Tamil film 'Maryan' and Commonwealth Games theme song and so on.

Under the guidance of music director Sandeep Chowta, who incidentally, is also connected to Mangalore, Nakash has sung in a Kannada film 'Tamassu'.

The music for Marathi movie 'No Entry-Pudhe Dhoka Aahey', a remake of Hindi 'No Entry', was by Nakash, and was a hit.

Nakash Aziz has also rendered his music to TV serials  and ad jingles for brands like Asian Paints, Hyundai, UltraTech Cement, and Microsoft, to name a few.

His advice for budding young talent is 'application' is the key. "Be there for music and keep up your interest. Although the experience can be breathtaking and I still can't believe my luck, I will try to avoid getting carried away."

His future endeavors will consist of more music recording as well as music production. A couple of music videos on YouTube are also on his to-do list.


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  • Aman, Mangalore/Doha

    Sun, Feb 23 2014

    Naks....proud of you bro!! god bless u!

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  • Md Danish, Bhagalpur

    Fri, Jan 31 2014

    Nice Voice

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  • Sohil Modi, Mumbai

    Sun, Jan 26 2014

    Hi Nakashji, its an amazing feeling to know that the not so good looking chap with an awesome voice who entertained the entire class during free periods at school will one day become what he is today..wish you the very best in life..god bless you!!

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  • Alison Naik, Mumbai

    Mon, Dec 30 2013

    Nakash is doing an amazing work, in whatever he takes up.... all the best in whatever you do... you have got an amazing voice.... its just great to know after all this you are still down to earth....

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  • Shiraz, USA

    Wed, Dec 11 2013

    Nakash has an amazing voice. just listen to gandi baat and sari ke fall ka and you know he is absolutely fantastic...great job man wishes to hear you more in future.

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  • naushad, mumbai

    Tue, Nov 12 2013

    Thank u Hari. Good old days we can not forget. I thank Almighty for giving me good family and good friends like you.

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  • Nicola, Mangalore, Valencia

    Mon, Oct 21 2013

    Dear Nakash,

    You are the pride for us all Mangaloreans, Wishing you the very best and Allah bless you always.

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  • Harish Shetty, Mangalore,dUBAI

    Sat, Oct 19 2013

    I wish all the very best to Naqaash,I had to, because he is the only son of my closest friend NAUSHAD THE GREAT MANGALORE KISHORE KUMAR. Not only that years back I went to dubai from my friends home in Malad,mumbai when Naqaash was a year old. Like his dad he is nice human being. GOD ALLAH BLESS HIM

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  • aadil bolar, mangalore/kuwait

    Wed, Oct 02 2013

    Thanks for wishes andrew,yes he is my nephew, nw he is a big star and hard wotking guy.he is superstar of our family.nakash you are rocking.god bless

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  • Khaleel Ahmed, Udupi

    Wed, Oct 02 2013

    All the best Nakash. We all are very proud of you

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  • andrew, mangalore/dubai

    Tue, Oct 01 2013

    I know him is he aadil bolar's nephew
    i met him once he is classy guy very gud singer. full family filled with entertainment. godbless nakash

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  • pax, india

    Tue, Oct 01 2013

    Nakash is my good friend Aman's cousin brother .. I have heard him sing and he is amazing .. congrats Nakash .. all the best .. god bless

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  • ruman ahmed, moodbidri

    Mon, Sep 30 2013

    ALl the BEST Nakash bhai! :)

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  • Vanita, mlore

    Mon, Sep 30 2013

    Congratz Nakash. GOod going. GOd bless you in ur future endeavors. Was happy to read about Rema Roses nite as i know the entire team. Was the fan of Noushad voice. memories went back to those days as i never missed the Rema Roses nites. I remember Siraj, Ameer, Gul, Shailaja, Santhosh and stanley from the team. Wish to hear thier voices once again. GOd bless u once again.

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  • Monish Sharma, Mumbai

    Mon, Sep 30 2013

    ALl the VERY BEST Nakash Bhai !

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  • Kiran, Mukka/KSA

    Mon, Sep 30 2013

    Go Nakash Go..! Climb the peak! Keep the name of Mangalore on the top! God bless you & your family! I remember in my college days used to enjoy Rema-Roses nite & Ashok Charan nite,specially the songs of Mr.Naushad and Mr.Shameem..

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  • Mr. bean,

    Mon, Sep 30 2013

    All the best dear...

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  • Sajjad , Shirva / Dubai

    Mon, Sep 30 2013

    Rock Nakash Rock!!!! All the Best. Keep Mangalore name on the Top....

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  • G.Z.T. Kunte., Udupi

    Mon, Sep 30 2013

    Sharukh Khan faked his birth in Mangalore just for the publicity of his latest film.
    But Nakkash is a true Mangalorean in Bollywood.

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  • Monica Valdar Olwali, Nairobi-Dubai

    Sun, Sep 29 2013

    Getting into Bollywood with the heard work/efforts thorugh Reality Show like 'Indian Idol' and creating your own space in 'Bollywood' without any GODFATHER is such an amazing step climbed in your singing career! This is called a TALENT.Good Luck and all the Best

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  • reshma dsouza, mangalore

    Sun, Sep 29 2013

    i think he is also related to suhel ahmed another melodious singer from manglore.All the best nakash.

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  • Ravi B Shenava, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 29 2013

    Nakkash ka Nakshatra sadaa ooncha Rahe.
    Let the name of Nakkash fly high in the sky of Indian Music.

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  • Tanveer, Mangalore/UAE

    Sun, Sep 29 2013

    proud of you my brother.

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  • Raj, udupi

    Sun, Sep 29 2013

    Pleased to know new star Nakash.Remember Rema roses stars.Great musicians. Naushad(jumroo fame)Ameerjan's Mukesh, Stany's nagin in lead guitar.Good wishes to Rema roses team , all the best Nakas.Keep shining.

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    Sun, Sep 29 2013

    I had heard about NAKKASH talent thru his relative, Goood to know taht he has climbed a ood graph in his dream career.All the best

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  • vittal shetty, magalore/abudhabi

    Sun, Sep 29 2013

    Iheard about Nakash Aziz and his achievements and now after reading this article i came to know that he has grown big and still growing.I am really very much happy and hats off to you and my hearty wishes to you.

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  • Lancy Moras, Moushmi Creations

    Sun, Sep 29 2013

    All my good wishes to you Nakash. May you grow more and more in Bollywod Music Industry and make our Mangalore proud. I pray you get more offers.

    May Allah bless you and keep you in good voice and health always.

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    Sun, Sep 29 2013

    Nakash Aziz be Akash of music.Best of luck.

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  • Vasant Raj, Mangalore / Abudhabi

    Sun, Sep 29 2013

    Nice musical journey of Nakash Aziz. May god bless him with many more memorable songs in filmy world.

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    Sun, Sep 29 2013

    All the best Nakash, you have many miles to go,,,,keep singing & rocking.

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