He recently toured India and was spotted in Delhi where he was also invited to perform at a private wedding function. In an interview detailing his visit across the border, Arif said: “This is my fourth tour to India and second visit to Delhi. It’s a very short trip and I have too many plans in mind. Whenever I have visited India I have always carried back home good memories.” Arif who usually sings Sufi songs and qawwalis with native instrument chimta said emotionally: “I have my own distinctive style.
I feel that every artist should have their own signature. I feel proud that Pakistani artists have made a mark globally, be it India or abroad and that they have now reached a point where they are recognised the world over. I feel very happy when people recognise me as ‘Dum gutgoo’ singer. I think my sufi kalaam became popular at a time when it was needed most.” Arif who has sung a song for the upcoming Bollywood movie ‘Agent Vinod’ shared his experience saying: “Honestly speaking I was very excited when I was offered to sing in a Bollywood movie.
It felt good to know that people appreciate my style and want to hear more of it. Bollywood has been exploring lot of artists from Pakistan like Atif Aslam , Rahat Fateh Ali, Ali Zafar and many others and I feel proud when I watch them.” Surprisingly, Arif who is known for his rocking performances at live concerts was offered to perform at a nightclub in Delhi. So did he agree to do it? He confesses: “I enjoy doing live shows more. Frankly, I have never tried performing at any discos or nightclubs. But I realised as an artist it is always good to experiment. Arif finally agreed to perform at one of Delhi’s famous nightclub. “I did not realise I have so many fans here.
This was my first time experience to perform at a nightclub. I didn’t have a clue where to start and when to end my song. The crowd sang and danced to my performance, which went on for three hours. I don’t think I’ll shy away from performing at clubs anymore.” Besides singing, Arif has also acted in films. “I have also acted in films but I feel more comfortable as a singer before the audience. I like to be recognised more as a singer than an actor.” Unlike other artists, Arif has his own style statement. “People have appreciated my get up-black dress, silver locket and long hairdo and chimta in hand. – PT