Through his role as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, Ahmad uses his music and celebrity to bring light to humanitarian causes worldwide.
He will be joined by fellow musicians Yale Strom, Elizabeth Schwartz, John Alec, Sunny Jain, and Lou Fanucchi.[more...] Salman Ahmad's interview with Desi Blog and South Asian News Website Our Desi
About 15-odd years since they first topped the charts, the band played at blue FROG in Mehrauli on Thursday night to prove yet again that time hasn't jaded the band's junoon.
Salman Ahmad, who studied to be a doctor but gave up his stethoscope to strap on a guitar and sing, continues to be the band's pillar.
Ahmad vividly remembers watching Led Zeppelin live when he was 13 years old at the Madison Square Garden in New York.
When asked about their songs Ehtesaab and Azadi, which hit certain raw nerves, Ahmad says, 'Nawaz Sharif banned us for our rebellious songs and for my statement that India and Pakistan need 'cultural fusion not nuclear fusion'.
As Ahmad divides his time between reading Deepak Chopra's Power, Freedom and Grace and humming songs from his Bollywood music and acting debut in Vicky Kumar's Rhythm, he hopes to work with AR Rahman soon.
In the film, Salman will be seen playing himself and will serve as a sufi-rocker symbolic angel to the heroine of the film.
Over a telephonic conversation, the veteran musician talks about Indo-Pak relations, his relationship with ex-bandmate Ali Azmat and the Bollywood films he recently watched and liked.
Excerpts: You are a qualified doctor, a musician, a music teacher and an actor too. All the roles are a part of me and each role has been equally challenging and exciting.
It's been a journey full of passion and dedication. Wherever there is ego and negativity, I try to keep myself away from it.
Music, of course, has been the most important part of this. What are your thoughts on Pakistani musicians making a mark in Bollywood? If you see both the countries from the prism of films and music, then there's nothing wrong. And when there's a cricket match, we suddenly forget the love we have for each other. I have been in the USA for the last 16 years, so that has also deprived me from communicating with many people.
With music, you have always tried to bring both India and Pakistan closer. Ali is a wonderful artist and I have a lot of respect for the artist in him.