Nauman Ahmed is a Pakistani-American classical, semi-classical, and Sufi singer, songwriter, composer and an actor. He is also an IT professional and an author. Born in 1981 in Islamabad, Pakistan, he is known for his North Indian classical, semi-classical, and qawwali style of Sufi music. His singing career started from an early age where he actively participated in local music competitions and was known for his rendition of a national song Ae Watan Pyare Watan by Ustad Amanat Ali Khan from the famous Patiala gharana. He released his debut Sufi single titled Bulleh Shah with Speed Records on August 18, 2016. He is the disciple of Ustad Sultan Fateh Ali Khan who is the son of renowned Pakistani classical vocalist Ustad Bade Fateh Ali Khan (late) of Patiala gharana. He has songs like Meherbaan, Sanware, Tu Ishq Hai and many more to his name. The talented songster joins MAG for a quick and fun rapid fire. Here are 60 seconds from his life. Excerpts:

If your life was a movie, what genre would it be?


Favourite cartoon character of all time?

Homer Simpson: he is cool, funny, and one of his kind.

An actor you would want to swap lives with?

Moeen Akhtar.

If you were to run away and start fresh, where would you go?


One ridiculous thing you grew up believing as a child?

My sister made me believe if I swallow chewing gum an entire tree would grow inside my stomach.

What would a day with yourself look like?

Go for an early morning hike and catch some fresh air, look at the sunrise, pickup my harmonium and do riyaz.

An irrational fear/ phobia you have?

None that I can think of.

Career-defining moment?

Getting my Master’s from the Johns Hopkins University, it was worth every sleepless night.

What inspires you?

Family, positivity, nature, art, music.

You, in three words?

Creative, artistic, compassionate.