Singer Julie Sharmelee15 November 2020
NN: Welcome to The New Nation. Thank you for giving us your time today.
Julie: Thank you for having me here. The unexpected outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic has changed everything.
NN: How long has it been since you started your journey into music?
Julie: I started learning music when I was only five years old. Then I went to Chhayanaut. I also started learning classical, thumri and ghazal from Ustad Niaz Mohammed Chowdhury. I got enlisted in Radio, started playback and doing concerts.
NN: Tell me about your childhood.
Julie: I had to study hard. My parents were very strict in this regard. My mother late Sameena Siddique was a very famous journalist during that time. I did MSc in Botany and got 1st class. After study I concentrated myself into music.
NN: What did you want to do in your life?
Julie: I wanted to become a scientist. But my mother asked me to do only one. Then I chose music as my career.
NN: Have you been recording on television and other platforms during this pandemic?
Julie: No, I didn’t do any work last six months. I was very conscious about my family. But recently I lent my voice for a new song and shoot a music video. I did many online live programmes abroad like USA, Italy, Canada and India. I performed in My TV’s live show titled Aamar Gaan on November 12. I also worked internationally with great Pakistani music composer Salman Ashraf.
NN: Do you have any message for your fans?
Julie: At first, I want to give thanks to you and The New Nation. I also request the audience to pray for me and to stay safe during this pandemic.