Roohee hails from a family that traces its origin to the classical age of India's prolific heritage, a family that has contributed to the country's cultural richness in greater proportions than most such families in modern times.
Roohee, born in October 1984, is the daughter of Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khansahab, who is the scion and the greatest vocalist of the great Kirana gharana. Mashkoor Ali Khansahab's forefathers like Ustad Abdul karim khansahab, Ustad Abdul Waheed Khansahab were among the finest classical musicians ever to have blessed our motherland with their divine music.
HER COLOURS AND BRUSHES
Roohee has music in her blood and music flows unabated through all manifestations in her life. In spite of having a pitch perfect voice, Roohee chose the fingers of her hands to express the music in her. In her hands, the painting brushes become her Tanpuras and her imaginations and thoughts spring to life with the delicate touch of her brushes and pencils. The stage for Roohee is the white canvas and her Ragas are the images she creates.
"Paintings came to me right from my childhood quite effortlessly", says Roohee. "I had always dreamed that I would be a painter someday and would hold exhibitions. However, I never considered taking formal lessons in painting or the fine arts. Possibly that is why my paintings are more spontaneous than pedagogical. I don't know to which school I belong to as per traditional definitions. I have tried to paint whatever flashed in my mind's eye. The many colours of the fleeting world around me, the times I have spent with myself, my imaginations, my longings and the melodies that incessantly resound in my home have all added colour to my paintings, and what they have emerged as, I myself do not know. All I know is that I have tried to speak through them, nothing too difficult or unintelligible, but very simple yet fundamental emotions of our lives. If they speak to you too, then I will consider my work successful."
After her maiden exhibition in Mumbai, she will be exhibiting her paintings in other cities like, Bangalore, Hydrabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Delhi, Jaipur, Dubai and UK. The myriad world of colours and thoughts that play on her mind will all come to life at the Midas touch that her fingers process. Roohee's work is certainly a thing to watch out for.
Born in such a family Roohee naturally has that aesthetic sense and a musical sensibility which makes handling of cultural events an automatic career choice for her. Coupled with that her computer literacy and work experience over the last few years has helped to give a practical shape to her aspirations.
Roohee has had excellent first hand experience as an event coordinator. The very first event she became associated with was hosted by the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sanghatan in Amritsar 2009. It involved artists like Taufiq Qureshi, Tarun Bhattacharya and Arif Khan.
Subsequently she did events at Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Assam, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Allahabad, Jodhpur and Jaipur . She has successfully worked with artists of the stature of Abida Parveen, Ghulam Ali, Sajjad Ali, Shafqat Amanat Ali Hari Haran, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma ji and many more Indian classical artists.
With her inborn talent and natural aptitude, with her experience and exposure in the field of cultural activities, Roohee is all set to make it big.
Roohee has not stopped content with her blueblood. She has completed her school leaving from the ICSE board with very respectable marks. Roohee has already acquired extensive experience as a graphic designer. She is qualified to work on HTML, C++, Java scripts and Flash and has designed the websites of her illustrious father and Cousin Arshad Ali khan among others.
The innate artist in Roohee is never at rest. In between all her activities regarding events, computer designing or managing all professional affairs of her father, Roohee finds time for singing, painting and photography. She had also been an anchor in a Ghazal Programme “Avshar” for Doordarshan Kolkata in the year 2005 And hat’s more, she actually had played back (sung) for a play, Gauhar Jaan that was staged in Kolkata, in the heritage building of the zamindars Chhatu Babu and Laatu Babu’s house where her stalwart father was the lead singer.