Soli, a singer from India but an International Celebrity with a sonorous voice that continues to touch the souls and win hearts of his fans worldwide. A versatile singer of Bollywood songs, hindi & urdu ghazals, sufi music, devotional music, traditional folk, semi-classical and light classical music. Besides India, Soli has wide spread popularity in the USA, UK, Europe, Egypt and Middle East and has performed in around 4000 concerts worldwide.
He trained vigorously under veteran gurus Pt.Phiroze Dastur & Pt. Ajay Pohankar of the Kirana Gharana from for 27years. Soli’s Parsee heritage has given him a humble grace that seems to emanate from somewhere deep within him. It is his inflexible willpower and his ferocious appetite for hard work that has made him what he is today — an achiever. Soli signed his first contract with HMV (His Master’s Voice) for his album ‘Prem Etle Ke’ in 1991 followed by several albums every other year namely:
- Prem Etley Ke (HMV) 1992 Aapna Sambandh (Saregama Ltd.)1994
- Ek Kagal Harivarne (Saregama Ltd.) 1994 Mara Hridayni Vaat (Tips) 1995
- Taari Ankhno Afini (Venus) 1996 Najarna Jaam Chhalkavine (Venus Cass.) 1996
- Nayan ne Bandh Rakhine (Venus Cass.) 1999 Naine Nain Maley (Venus Cass.)1999
- Tamey mann Mukine Varsya (Venus Cass.) 2005 Prem Rang (Saregama Ltd.) 2006
- Taal Purave Dil ni Dhadkan (Musica) 2006 Ganesh Utsav (Times Music) 2006
- Be-inteha (Soulful Creations) 2012 Amthu Amthu [Soulful Creations] 2013
Besides the above, Soli lent his soulful voice to more than 300 Albums for Romantic, Folk, Sentimental, Traditional, Ghazals, Devotional, Unplugged bollywood blues. Prem Etley Ke, Ek Kaagal Harivarne, Mara Hridayni Vaat, Aapna Sambandh, Ganesh Utsav are among the few albums in which Soli himself is a singer, composer and music arranger.
His latest album of Hindi Romantic songs ‘Thoda sa Pyaar’ and few other albums are up for release.
Playback singing was never a pursuit for Soli. Though he got his first break in cinema for film Moksha, Soli was more interested in creating his own music and bring creativity in his singing. He can transform a mere song into a phenomenon of the joy of listening with the culminations, intricacies of the ragas, adding the classical touch at one end and caressing the delicate notes at the other, effortlessly vocalizing the notes and delivering the song! It creates a transcendental effect on his audience. Soli has set a new trend in the music industry by free-lancing a known tune in an unknown fashion yet keeping the original form of melody intact.
This dulcet-voiced singer performs with a mellow maturity that belies his youth. Soli’s astounding repertoire ranges from intricate classics to the more popular light compositions. He started giving live concerts at an early age of 14 years catering to an arena of crowds ranging from gallery to chaste music lovers initially at city, state level and eventually worldwide. It did not take long for the news to reach the music hub Mumbai and in June 1989, Soli gets an invitation to perform at the prestigious COPWUD ARTS MUSIC CONFERENCE in Bollywood as a singer and a composer.
Soli’s performance stunned the listeners and he received standing ovations, the media mobbed him and he was flooded with press interviews, show offers, recording offers from reputed music companies of India like HMV, Saregama Ltd., Venus, Times Music, Tips and Venus Cassettes. Mumbai became a fan of Soli and he rose to fame singing the big band numbers. It was a turning point in Soli’s life.
Organizations of the world invited Soli as a special artist to perform at prestigious venues of the world. World Gujarati Conference 2012 at New Jersey to mesmerize a crowd of 30000 fans at the prestigious Raritan Center in 2012. Soli has been invited often to give ‘soli’s solos’ for his ardent listeners at the well-known Gujarati Literary Academy, (New Jersey), Chicago Music Circle (Chicago), Indian Cultural Centre (Phoenix), Indian Association of Tucson (Arizona), Shruti Arts Foundation (U.K.), Symphony Centre of Birmingham (U.K.)Gujarati Samaj of London, Indo Egyptian Association Community Center (Egypt) where he has performed for sell out crowds. His experience of giving 4000 concerts enthralls crowds of different genre and walks of life. Soli’s live performances are breath taking, thrilling, soulful and joy giving. His mature singing has the nuances and vital elements to entertain every nook and corner of the auditorium, arena or stadium he performs at.
To name a few major performances by Soli:
! Gujarati Literary Academy (New Jersey, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013)
! World Gujarati Conference New Jersey, 2012,
! Bhratiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai, U.K. (2005,2009, 2014),
! Surat Chamber of Commerce (2003) & Chamber of Commerce, Ahmedabad (2004)
! Orthopedic Association of India (2014), Sham-e-Ghazal, SDCU (San Diego)
! Ekal Vidyalaya – Charity Shows in Jacksonville, Fl, Tampa Fl, San Diego Ca
! Indian Association of Dallas Fortworth, TX,
! Shah Foundation – Charity shows (Los Angeles)
! American Diabetes Association, Rochester NY – Charity Show
! Gujarat Tourism Navratri Festival, Surat Indoor Stadium, (2005)
! Vadodara Navratri Festival (Vadodara ) 2015
! Art & Culture Foundation (Vadodara)