If you were some form of alive in the '90s in India, you are probably aware of a runaway hit song by qawwali singer Altaf Raja called 'Tum Toh Thehre Pardesi', from the eponymous 1997 album. Now, according to a report by IANS, the singer is busy working on part 2 of that album, to be called 'Tum Toh Thehre Pardesi Part 2', which he plans to release before Diwali this year.
(In case you needed your memory jogged)
Speaking to IANS over phone, he said that the album is likely to have "a minimum of four to five songs." He added that the songs were "very melodious" and that he is "sure that people in metropolitan cities will like it."
Raja, once a popular singer in the '90s, would also occasionally contribute to Bollywood films as a playback singer (you may remember this song from 2002's Company) before disappearing from the scene. However, he did sing one song in 2013's Ghanchakkar and will be heard singing 'Dil Lagana' from Hunterrr, which releases on March 20.
As a pop cultural icon of sorts, he evokes different kinds of reactions from people. Here are some responses we got from Twitter after we asked people what memory they associated his biggest hit song with:
@SupraMario Trains— WolfMomma (@wolfmiaow) March 10, 2015
@SupraMario anti Sonia Gandhi slogans by the BJP— Aditi Mallya (@Bacardidevi) March 10, 2015
(In case you were wondering, this actually happened.)
@SupraMario The bit in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai when they're fake singing this right before Rani walks up on stage to sing Koi Mil Gaya.— Asmita Bakshi (@asmitabee) March 10, 2015
@SupraMario Private Taxi ride in Mahabaleshwar.— Minjal Kadakia (@MinjalKadakia) March 10, 2015
@SupraMario Shilon Bagh, family holiday. That's when the song had released and we had seen this video, and the rest is history.— Bomba (@bumblebooger) March 10, 2015
@SupraMario Auto rickshaw with extra bass booster 😀— Mrs. Batman (@zainity) March 10, 2015
Admittedly, not everybody associates his music with pleasant memories.
@SupraMario the words kill me kill me now, and 'why supra why'.— Gladys Balakrishnan (@mycrotchetyluv) March 10, 2015
(With IANS inputs)