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Rambling on: Let the music play - Part 4

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Let the music play - Part 4

there is a wealth of ghazal music in pakistan & it has got me very close to urdu poetry and in response to a request that i write on Iqbal Banu, I would simply rate Farida Khanum and Mehdi Hasan higher than Iqbal Banu and Ghulam Ali respectively

Having said this, the more I listened to all 4 of these, the closer I got to the classics if I had not listened to any one of them because each has a specific group of poets they sing. Iqbal Banu in my opinion has made her name on account of her contribution to film music of the 50’s and then later on with ghazals but I admit my ignorance about her body of work except for three tracks (a) payal main geet hain chum chum kay (b) hum daikain gay & (c) dasht-e-tanhai main, the last two by Faiz

the one thing that makes Noor Jehan unique is that her diction of “mujhe say pehli see mohabat” is her vividly chaste urdu that one cannot imagine anyone else doing justice to this nazm by Faiz.

I cannot say the same about Iqbal Banu. On many occasions, Noor Jehan’s brilliance & her rendition has overshadowed the nazm and legends are made when this distinction between creator and musician becomes hazy.

Buying a best-of Iqbal Banu would therefore serve no purpose. If you have taken my advice on getting best of Faiz, Iqbal Banu is going to be part of it anyway. Begum Akhtar is the principal of the school from which Iqbal Banu dropped out :)

I also personally feel that listening to ghazals has its limitation. You cannot go beyond a certain point. It can also leave you emotionally spent. Faiz ghazals though are an exception because the content takes over. I find him to be deeply patriotic, committed to his ideals, love being raison-d'etre, be it for the commitment with socialism and love for some one in real person. I am lucky to have witnessed the age when Faiz lived, mistreated by the rulers and loved by the common man.

The real Pakistani music that you can never grow tired of listening to, is sufi music. Will look for a concise collection in stores and will revert back

to be continued


Blogger (w)alter ego said...

Thanks for taking the time to follow up on my request so quickly. And also to explain all about STN:)
I have been listening to a lot of Cake and was thinking you might enjoy that too, interesting lyrics and a bit ofa Jazz sound, nice trumpet playing. (Of course, I am assuming that you don't listen to them)

4:19 PM  
Blogger Deevaan said...

thanks sepoy, with the weekend coming up i would love to listen to them. any site that may have a sample i could listen to? i am not too sure if it is available in stores, will check it out tonight on my way home...btw what happened to the blog you were thinking of creating...running out of sites i could read to relax - would love to read about your gardening and may be i could start blogging about my favourite recipes, anything to get my mind off this god-damned paper work on my desk

5:08 PM  
Blogger (w)alter ego said...

Yikes, why are you calling me a sepoy?(Native policeman - just doublechecked in the dictionary!). Anyway, the official site is but I did not find any downloads there. Amazon will have samples. Will google over the weekend ;Now I feel bad about mentioning them if you can't get the music. Will have to find a way.
My blog is up - - thought you could get to it by clicking on my id though.
Hope you get over the briefcase blues soon.
Would love to see your recipes - am an avid recipe reader.
Have a good weekend.

7:46 PM  
Blogger Deevaan said...

oh shoot, sorry alter-ego, i was composing a comment on another blog ( and the blogger goes by this name (sepoy). don't worry about not being able to get my hands onto a cake album, i do travel for business quite often infact next week is doing to be hellish, have to go away for an awfully long time and hanging out at the HMV record stores is my favorite thing to do - thanks for wishing me luck with work - what can i say it is friday night (saturday morning) and i still have to do some final touchup job on a presentation

1:21 AM  
Blogger (w)alter ego said...

It is all good then - my fav is "Comfort eagle" although "Fashion nugget" is worth it just for the funky cover they did of Gloria Gaynor's "I will survive". Hope you did get some rest.

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