Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Learning a few new ones- first time Ghalib for me

 خط کوئی پیار بھرا لکھ دینا - by Bani
This is one of the new ghazals I am working on these days for the upcoming concert. I am looking forward to this as this is my first real concert of ghazal in front of a live audience on a real concert stage when I will be singing my original singing and not someone else's renditions.

Reminds me how long ago I sang the songs of Noorjahan and Suraiya. They were great programs too, but somehow because I shared them with other artists, the experience was altogether an insipid one. In fact at the time of the second program, though it was received very well by people in the India International Centre, I had decided to never sing someone else's music again. So the next time I was approached to sing Geeta Dutt, I just declined!.

For this concert I am also working on at least two new ghazals by Ghalib. Hope to write a separate entry about that later. The Ghalib ghazals are

دل ہی تو ہے نا سنگ-و-خشت ، درد سے بھر نا اے کیوں
( dil hi to hai, na sang-o-khisht, dard se bhar naa aaye kyon)

ہر ایک بات پی کہتے ہو تم کے تو کیا ہے
(har ek baat pe kehte ho tum ke tu kya hai)


  1. i have heard many versons of Ghalib..but your rendition was unique and soul nourishing..the pain in the first ghazal (dil hi to hai...)was brought out so effectively...hats off to you..keep inspiring us.

  2. Thanks a lot Santhosh...i never saw your comment till now (11th March 2013) over a year from the time you would have heard me sing this. Nice of you to point it out so pointedly. It means a lot, especially when I am still searching for my musical voice, spirit and identity. Accept my regards please