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Striking a chord with success

Ranchi, Nov. 5: Twentytwo-year-old Shahnaz Akhtar is on song.

An ardent follower of Md Rafi, Shamshad Begum and Md Aziz, this upcoming Bhojpuri singer from Madhya Pradesh has already created ripples among her fans with her chartbuster album Pao Paijania. Akhtar will soon release six more albums and she promises to sing “even better” in her coming releases.

Akhtar, a first year student of Rani Durgawati Vishwavidhlaya in Jabbalpur, was on her first visit to the city for performing from her most popular album, Pao Paijania, and she hogged the limelight at Hinoo where she sang at a programme, Mata Rani Ka Jagran, organised by Satya Bharti Yuvak Sangh.

Her song, Akhtar claimed in a news conference today, transcends the barriers of religion and her faith does not come in the way of singing Hindu devotional songs. “Even Md Rafi sang a lot of religious songs. So why should I have a problem' Besides, artistes have no religion,” she said.

Akhtar was first spotted by Aizaz Khan, a resident of Madhya Pradesh who conducts religious programmes. “I was singing Vande Matram when I was in Class VIII. After that I started performing in religious functions,” she added. The singer has also been offered to sing a song in a Hindi film, Jogitia.

Already in tune with success, Akhtar has not lost sight of the values in life and has her feet firmly rooted to the ground. Her aim, she said, was to build a shelter for the aged people and orphans.

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