I read an amazing article this morning. It is an exposition on the ghazal, its dominant status in the world of serious Pakistani music and its sublime ability to express the deepest feelings of both the human and divine heart. The article includes a number of ghazalein that are interpreted by qawwals as well as ghazal singers and is definitely worth 20 minutes of your time. In fact, almost everything the writer Musab bin Noor does is worth reading.
As I listened to the ghazalein and reflected on the article (so full of information) my mind turned towards Iqbal Bano one of the subcontinent’s most accomplished singers who awed, excited and challenged her audience for half a century. This obituary from The Guardian provides an excellent summation of her life.
Indeed, with two outstanding pieces of writing like these there is little need for me to stumble around for words that do justice to the artistry of this important musical voice.
This selection of ghazalein is another of the gems from the treasure chest of Radio Pakistan archival material released in a massive 57 CD box set under the name Music Pakistan. If you’ve been following me around the net for the last several years you no doubt have heard of this collection. The more I listen to these CDs the more I appreciate just what a massive contribution to music they are.
A few years ago I wrote a piece on Iqbal Bano and shared another CD from this collection, of her singing thumris. If you’re interested I’ve updated the link there and you can enjoy that set as well!
01 Hum baagh-e-tamanna mein
02 Ub kay hum bichhray
03 Jaaenge jeete ji
04 Tu bahar-e-naghma-e-nur
05 Mohabbat karne wale
06 Kitni taskin hai wabasta
07 Woh is ada se jo aaye
08 Ishq minnat kash-e-qarar nahin
09 Laayi hyat aaaye qaza10 Mujhe su bhula chuke hain
11 Diya hai dil agar us ko
12 Kab therega dard
13 Jis tarah tund hawa
14 Koi had nahin