When we speak of the richness of Indian Classical Music, we cannot miss out on one of the most important genres of Indian Classical, that is, ‘Ghazals’. If you are someone who is not accustomed to the word, the word denotes a type of lyric poem with fixed verses and a repeated rhyme scheme. The ‘ghazals’ are mainly sung in Urdu, and follow the theme and love, belongingness, and faith between two people.
Every Indian kid, sometime or the other has listened to a ‘ghazal’. From ‘Tere khushboo mein base khat’ to ‘Aaoge jab tum o sajna’, the ghazals leave a sense of abandoned love and sorrows related to it. To sing a ‘ghazal’, the voice has to express that pain and agony too and they have a penetrating feeling that would touch your heart with the lyrics.
The Legendary Voice Of Jagjit Singh
Some of his contemporaries used to acknowledge him as the God of ‘ghazals’. Jagjit Singh’s voice makes any ‘ghazal’ sound genuine and heartfelt. If we are speaking of this maestro, we must definitely speak of his incredible works. Mention must be made of ‘Jhuki Jhuki Si Nazar’, ‘Hazaaron Khwahishen Aisi’. These songs marked a huge place for ‘ghazals’ in Bollywood.
Ghulam Ali Khan – The Ustad Of Ghazals
There has always been a comparison between Ghulam Ali and Jagjit Singh; however, both have been the pioneers of ‘ghazal’ singing. Being fluent in Urdu, Ghulam Ali Sahab shaped all his ‘ghazals’ into familiar songs. When you listen to Ghulam Ali, you feel as if the song has been written for you! Ghulam Ali’s ‘Khuli Jo Aankh To Wo Tha Na’, ‘Kha Kar Zakhm Dua Ki Humne’, ‘Sochtey Aur Jaagte Sanson Ka’ and many more tracks rightly strike chords of agony and longing in the hearts of his audience.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – The Master Whose Ghazals We Still Sing
If we are speaking of ‘ghazals’, how could this name be missed out? Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s enigmatic ghazals were used in every other Bollywood movie in his time. Many of his famous ‘ghazals’ such as ‘Gham hain ya khushi hain tu’ and ‘Main khayal hoon kisi aur ka’ had been the top favourites of the youth in his times. ‘Mere Rashke Qamar’ sung by his son Rahat Fateh Ali Khan for the movie Baadshaho, is a song originally by Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
‘Ghazals’ might have been a little distant from the songs Bollywood audience prefer nowadays, but it has not been endangered yet. There are many people who still cherish ‘ghazals’. Singers like Hariharan have interviewed many-a-times about the importance and richness of ‘ghazals’. The genre might have had a setback due to Jagjit Singh’s death in 2011, however, many singers like Hariharan, Pankaj Udhas and Anup Jalota have kept the flame of original ‘ghazals’ burning still today. We, however, cannot undermine the recent contributions of artists like Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shafqat Amanat Ali and even Arijit Singh, who have made the youth fall in love with ghazals with tracks like “Main Jahaan rahoon” and “Aaj Jaane ki zid na karo”.
If you have not yet listened to any ghazals, try adding a few to your playlist and you will know how music touches our heart.