24 February 2014

Stamp on Talat Mahmood awaited by his fans…



Tributes to the Ghazal King -Talat Mahmood

Today is Birth Anniversary of Ghazal King Talat Mahmood a man with a velvet voice that touched the heart of millions of music lovers all over the world and became a legend in his lifetime..He is remembered as one of the greatest singing stars of all times who gave a new meaning to the ghazal singing in India and his voice became a golden voice forever. India Post must issue a postage stamp in his honour. He was missing among the  stamps issued recently on iconic personalities of Indian Cinema. Today we celebrate his 90th birth anniversary and  we miss his  commemorative stamp among many stamps issued on film personalities.


Even though Talat sang hundreds of hits, some of his most memorable songs from Indian cinema are:



 'KING OF GHAZALS' TALAT MAHMOOD  has been honoured with the prestigious PADMABHUSHAN AWARD by Government of India. Receiving Padambhushan from President of India Shri Venkataraman

Great Ghazal Kings


Talat with Mehdi Hassan, Ghazal King of Pakistan


Talat Mahmood  (February 24, 1924 – May 9, 1998) was born in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh . Talat showed his musical leanings from a very young age and would enjoy sitting through all-night music soirees listening patiently to some of the biggest names in classical Indian music then.

Talat apprenticed classical music under Pandit S.C.R. Bhat at Marris College of Music, Lucknow (presently Bhatkhande Music University) some time in the 30s. He started his career purely as a ghazal singer in 1939. Talat Mahmood began his singing career at the age of 16 in 1939 when he began singing the Ghazals of Daag, Mir, Jigar etc. on All India Radio, Lucknow. His voice had a quality distinct from all the other singers. HMV was quick to notice this and offered Talat his first disc in 1941 Sab din ek samaan nahin tha, Bun jaoon ga kya se kya main, Iska to kuch dhyan nahin tha.


Talat with Dilip Kumar for whom he sang many songs

In 1944 came the hit Tasveer teri dil mera behela nah sake gi. Its popularity was so phenomenal and unrivalled that even today it remains one of the top selling non-film discs. This disc brought Talat the fame throughout India and soon he was beckoned by the Calcutta film industry. Talat made cameo appearances and starred in about 16 movies, for both the Calcutta (film hub of the 1940s) and Mumbai Film Industry. The three movies in which he starred were regional hits in Calcutta. Initially, in Calcutta, he recorded a lot of Bangla songs under the assumed name "Tapankumar". Several of his Bangla numbers were super hits in Bengal and still aired on All India Radio old song reminisces.



In 1949 Talat moved to Mumbai, to sing for the Mumbai film industry. His name and fame had already preceded him and soon he was flooded with offers. His big break came with the song Ae dil mujhe aisi jagha le chal jahan koi na ho composed by music director Anil Biswas for the soundtrack of the movie Arzoo. The song proved to be extremely popular.

In Talat Mahmood, the music directors  found the perfect voice for ghazals. His diction and intonation were word perfect. His expressive style and emotional nuances were unparalleled. The mellowness, sweetness and pathos in his voice set him apart from all the other singers. Here was a voice that was fresh !  The style absolutely new !!  He was unanimously hailed as "The King Of Ghazals", a title  he consolidated over the period of years to become the greatest name in ghazals !!!  His film solo's and romantic duets numbered in hundreds as hit after hit followed. Talat soon grew into a living legend.

However, the handsome young  'King of Ghazals' did not go unnoticed by the film producers, who besieged him with offers to act in their films. Such was Talat's aura, that for his film 'Dil-e-Nadaan', producer-director A.R. Kardar, launched an 'All India Beauty Contest' to hunt for a beautiful girl who would play the heroine opposite the young and immensely talented superstar Talat Mahmood !!!  Talat was to finally accept 13 films with top heroines like Nutan, Mala Sinha, Suraiya, Shyama, Nadira and others before he decided that acting was not his forte.  And hence, Talat gave up acting to concentrate on singing.

Memorable Moments


Shahenshah-e-Ghazal  Talat Mahmood with Jagjit & Chitra Singh, Bhupinder, Talat Aziz  Pop singers Gary Lawyer, Alisha Chinai, Ila Arun, Mitali, Nandu Bhende

Towards the late 60's the filmi ghazals and good romantic songs gave way to the electronic rhythms of the disco generation. Disliking the new trend towards loud meaningless music, Talat decided to cut down his film singing assignments but continued his non-film ghazal recordings. As a singer, Talat has already secured a place in history. Over the years, the King of Ghazals has created a catalogue of songs for generations to come. His fan following straddles the globe. He strides like a colossus in the field of ghazals - a KING whose name is surpassed by none !!!

Pics Courtesy :    http://www.talatmahmood.net/

Talat Geet Kosh

A catalogue of all songs of Talat Mahmood

by Dr Rakesh Pratap Singh

Dr Rakesh Pratap Singh of Kanpur published  a catalogue ‘ Talat Geet Kosh ’  of his complete songs in August 1991. This is a complete book on songs of Talat Maghmood. It includes all film and non film songs of Talat in Hindi and other regional languages. This  book is available with the author. Those who wish to get this book may contact Mr Rakesh Pratap Singh email : rakeshpsingh@yahoo.com  Ph . +91 9450141410



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