Singer-lyricist-composer Kailash Kher wasn’t aware of who Zayn Malik was, but once Malik a popular singer from the west and former vocalist of one direction, shared a post on his Instagram performing the popular song by Kher, teri deewani from his maiden album Kailasa which was released back in 2006 and became the love anthem for many people, Zayn certainly made himself well known. However, according to Kailash Kher the Dusk till Dawn singer needs to work on his performance.
In response of the viral post by Zayn Malik, Kailash says, “I didn’t even know who he was until someone sent me the video saying, ‘look, who sang your song’. I was like, ‘Kaun hai bhai?’ And then I went on to his Instagram, and saw that he has covered the song, and he has over 27 million followers. That’s when I learnt about him and came to know that he is a big pop star in the West, who is a huge icon.”
Once the previous post went viral, Zayn Malik posted another video singing Allah Ke bande originally sang by Kailash Kher, the response by him was something like this: “For Zayn Malik, I would suggest we have our digital academy (Kailash Kher Academy of Learning Arts) coming up soon, where there will be a course dedicated to all our compositions, which include Teri Deewani and other super hits to know and learn the correct codes and nuances. It will help him improve his skills on such songs,” says Kailash. This will certainly help Zayn polish his singing skills.
Even after mentioning and giving his perception on Zayns performance, Kailash is pleased that his music has reached across the globe and many people know of him. “Definitely, Teri Deewani inspires many people around the globe,” he mentioned. “Many learn it, and some are inspired to even perform it. In fact, a few years ago, a friend sent me a link where the renowned African bass player and singer Richard Bona was performing our song, Teri Deewani, at his concert in Japan.”
Kailash adds, “It feels nice, and I feel extremely honored when you’re writing and compositions can inspire millions globally, truly. To see Teri Deewani resonate with so many people across different age groups is an extremely humbling feeling as an artist.”