Before leaving for India at the conclusion of the Salim-Sulaiman Live North American tour, Salim and Sulaiman shared a series of heart to heart conversations in three different settings.
Ismailimail is excited to present the first in a series of three interviews, beginning with an interview conducted by Qayl Maherali – an 11 year old boy in 5th grade. The interview was done over FaceTime, with Salim-Sulaiman in New York and Qayl in Atlanta.
Following the excitement of the Salim-Sulaiman Live concerts, Qayl came up with three things that were in common between Salim-Sulaiman and him. He then researched the brothers over several days to ask them insightful questions to seek perspectives that were similar and different from his own.
I really wanted to interview Salim-Sulaiman because music is one of the three things I love, which go along with space and soccer.
… I was fortunate to interview Salim through FaceTime.
– Qayl Maherali
It was quite phenomenal! … The fact that we could be in his [Mawlana Hazar Imam] presence; it was quite something to perform in front of him and be in his presence. It was truly, truly magical. I think it was one of our most prestigious performances.
… it was the power of music that led us to the FIFA [Soccer World Cup] concert in [South Africa].
– Salim Merchant
Watch the YouTube Playlist of the interview
Coming up next, Salim-Sulaiman’s interviews with Ismailimail and PBS
Salim-Sulaiman’s North American Tour has been of a success of epic proportions in terms of the impact it has had in inspiring different interest groups.
– An Inspired Fan
About the interviewer – Qayl Maherali
Qayl Maherali, Canadian born and American resident, is a spirited 11-year-old 5th grade student. He loves math and science, reading, listening to music, watching movies, sports and playing computer games. An avid soccer player, he also enjoys numerous other sports, as well as enjoys “brain games.”
His love for travel has also led him to have a substantial collection of memorabilia related to monumental buildings and architectural gems from around the world. His immense interest in space has so far taken him to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the US Space & Rocket Center in Alabama and the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum in Washington DC. Qayl wants to be an astronaut and an international soccer player when he is all grown up.
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Their greatest honour has been performing in the presence of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan twice, once in Kenya and more recently in India. They have also had the privilege of performing in the presence of Princess Zahra.
Salim-Sulaiman have been composing music for over a decade having scored for movies including Rab Ne Banadi Jodi, FASHION, Roadside Romeo, Iqbal, Dor, Heroine, Chak De India, and many more.
The versatile duo has scored for a string of Bollywood movies, composed for several Indi-pop sensations including Viva, Asmaan, Shweta Shetty, Jasmine and Style Bhai among others, composed and produced hundreds of TV commercials.
Recognized for their talents throughout the industry, Salim-Sulaiman have received numerous awards including the 2004 Screen Award for Best Background Music for Bahoot; the 2005 Screen Weekly Award for Best Background Music for Dhoom; the 2005 Technical Award for Best Background Score for Ab Tak Chhappan; the 2007 Zee Cine Technical Award for Best Background Score for Krrish; and the 2014 Mirchi Music Award for Best Indi-Pop Song of the Year.
Incorporating cinematic, folk, Electronica and Sufi influences to their music, Salim and Sulaiman Merchant are among India’s most respected composers. Recently they composed the musical Merchants of Bollywood, as well as their much awaited Hollywood film Sold which is rapidly gaining attention at numerous film festivals.
They have been nominated for Daytime Emmy Awards and collaborated to remix songs with Lady Gaga.
The duo has enthralled audiences across the world with their live concerts, particularly during their performance at the FIFA World Cup 2010 opening ceremony. In addition, Salim-Sulaiman have been part of numerous television shows including their role as celebrity judges on Indian Idol.