Lahoris do nothing but make you feel at home

* UK rock star says motorcycle rickshaws new to him
By Ali Usman

LAHORE: England’s Sikh rock star Narinder Singh Rithor, during his first visit to Pakistan since 1946, has said that he is fascinated by the beauty of Lahore.

He said, “Lahoris are polite and fantastic people. They don’t let you feel out of home.”

Rithor, who is popularly known as Peter Singh, told Daily Times on Friday that he would perform in Pakistan and a Pakistani Sikh singer Jassy Singh would organise his concerts in Lahore.

He said he was born in Rawalpindi, and then his family moved to India. “When I was nine, my father moved to England and since then I have been living there and performing rock ‘n’ roll. I have come here to visit and pay respect to the country where I was born,” he added. He said, “I do rock ‘n’ roll not because I have cut roots from my Punjabi background, but because I want to show the English that we can also do what they take pride in doing.” He said he would love to perform in Lahore. He said that Lahoris, whom he had found openhearted, warmly welcomed him.

The rock star said he had visited the samadhi of Ranjit Singh and liked the place. He said, “I went to the food street and had saag and roti, which were delicious.”

Motorcycle rickshaws: He said the city was a busy place and he was surprised to see motorcycle rickshaws. “The number of motorcycles moving on the city roads is enormous and new to me,” he added.

Rithor has four children, a girl and three boys. His daughter is a solicitor in London, while one of his sons is a break-dancer. He is a great fan of Elvis Presley, the king of rock ‘n’ roll, and got fame by singing like him. Rithor has also performed in the Royal Albert Hall. He has done many singles and his one album has rocked the music charts. “When I started doing rock ‘n’ roll in 1980, I was the first Sikh to do this, and was covered by all newspapers in the United Kingdom,” he added.

He said he was impressed by the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and loved to listen to his tunes.

Rithor said, “Jassy is arranging my concert here and I hope people will like my performance.” He said he had visited Lahore for the first time, but it would not be the last. I liked the city and would love to visit it again, he added

Source: Daily Times, 5/7/2008

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