How did music come calling to you?Music is not a mere profession to us, it is a legacy we are carrying which has been blessed to us by our ancestors.Have qawali and sufi music got their due in the music circuit?Qawali and sufi music has its own place in the music circuit. Sufi and qawali are not commercial rather they are integral to our tradition.Are you open to Bollywood offers after Rockstar?After the success of music of Rockstar we got a brilliant response from the audience and critics. Yes we are open to work on more Bollywood assignments, infact we are working on few things, will soon announce when something positive develops. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What does music mean to you?Music to us is our passion and obligation to do justice everytime we perform. As our ancestors has earned respect on the basis of this only, so its our responsibility to take it further.Do you follow any other Indian or foreign musicians. If yes, what do you like in them?We do not to name of any artist but we really follow sufi songs, shayari and chants of Amir Khusro.Have you thought about coming out with your own label or album? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixCurrently we are planning something, but is it has a long way to go.Would you ever like to experiment with your genre of music or try fusion?It’s great to be a versatile and we respect all the genres of music be it fusion or some other. But right now we are not planning to experiment with our genre.How has the journey been for all these years?Our journey, right from the start, was tough. Firstly to maintain the name of our ancestors was a big challenge for us. The love and admiration we got from the audience just cannot be expressed in words.How does the audience react to your music on international shores. Do they accept it well?It really makes us proud that people in other countries love sufi music and its amazing to see their attendance at the concerts. Sometimes it happens that they don’t understand the music and lyrics completely, but is really great to see their admiration towards us.
3 min read Bitcoin may be more popular — and pricey — than ever before, but its entrepreneurial ecosystem is still a work in progress. Now Plug and Play Tech Center, which has three locations in Silicon Valley and which was a seed investor in PayPal, has announced the opening of an accelerator program exclusively for Bitcoin-related startups.The program, which is set to induct its first class of 10 startups in January 2014, will last for three months, with the option of extending a startup’s stay to six months if it needs the extra time. The accelerator will be located in Sunnyvale, Calif., where Plug and Play Tech Center has its headquarters.Each participating startup will receive a $25,000 seed investment in exchange for a 5 percent equity stake, Saeed Amidi, the founder and chief executive of Plug and Play Tech Center, tells Entrepreneur.com. “In special cases, we can go up to $100,000,” he says.In December, Plug and Play Tech Center will hold an expo focusing on financial technology and digital currencies. This will serve as a sort of prelude to the Bitcoin accelerator, which will begin accepting applications once the expo concludes.Related: Coinbase Releases iPhone App Amid Strong Market for BitcoinThe seven-year-old Plug and Play Tech Center is no stranger to startup investment; in the course of more than half a decade, it has accelerated 1,500 early-stage companies, by Amidi’s reckoning. It also hosts a weekly Bitcoin meetup that is the largest in Silicon Valley.So why is now the right time to put investment dollars into the Bitcoin space? “We’ve been following Bitcoin for two years, and we still have not totally figured it out yet,” Amidi admits. “But nevertheless we think there is so much traction and so much interest [in the marketplace] that we want to be involved.”The value of a single bitcoin is now about $420, an all-time high that would have been inconceivable a few weeks ago. As reported previously, this stratospheric price has a lot to do with increased interest from China. Indeed, Scott Robinson, who will be heading Plug and Play Bitcoin, was unavailable to speak with Entrepreneur.com, as he is currently attending Asia’s first Bitcoin conference, Bitcoin Singapore.”We’ve pulled together a great community of Bitcoin users, enthusiasts, investors and entrepreneurs, so we feel as though we have a good understanding of the players in the space and the trends we’re witnessing from hardware to regulation to new disruptive payment solutions,” Robinson said in a statement.In addition, Plug and Play Tech Center intends to invest in five more Bitcoin startups outside of the accelerator program. It will invest in two or three before the end of 2013, Amidi says.Amidi has no doubt that Bitcoin is more than a passing fad. “I think it will go through some ups and downs, but it’s going to stay around for a long time,” he says. “But how big it’s going to be, I don’t know.”Related: Winklevoss Twins: Bitcoin Worth at Least 100 Times its Current Price Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. November 15, 2013 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free