DESIFEST | South Asian Music Festival

Art Of Music | reIMAGINE Classic Music


Music Director, Vocalist

Hasheel is a South Asian Queer Hindustani Classical Musician. He has been training in North Indian Classical music since the age of 5 under his father. At the age of 9, he started professional vocal lessons and also started playing the bansuri under the guidance of his first teacher and original flautist on the Life of Pi score, Shri Jeetu Sharma. He quickly excelled in both Indian and Western music and started composing and writing his own pieces at the age of thirteen.

Hasheel lived in India to pursue his musical training and is currently a senior student of the legendary Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, the renowned bansuri player. Hasheel has performed around the world and across Ontario. He is also featured in numerous albums and film scores with over 100 tracks to his name. His collaborations include those with Balkan musicians all the way to electronic House and Drum and Bass artists.

Hasheel pushes gender fashion norms that exist in and outside of India. Differently from drag, he gender bends while wearing clothing inspired by Indian bridalwear. Hasheel’s music mixes hip-hop, electronica, R&B, and Bollywood with a steady undertone of traditional Indian Classical.

Performances have included those with Kailash Kher, Hariharan, Karthik, JoSH, Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan, Karsh Kale, and for academy award winner A. R. Rahman. He has also headlined the brOWN//out stage for Pride Toronto. His most recent work includes ‘LIMCA’ and ‘RaagRani’. Released as a spin on Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’, ‘LIMCA’ is a celebration of Indian culture and queer expression. ‘RaagRani’ is a documentary style music video celebrating the union of his cultural identities.