Iqbal Bano is a living legend. She has regaled her rapt listeners for more than three decades, and still continues to do so. Her music is like vintage wine, rich, full bodied and with a distinct bouquet. It is greatly enjoyed by the connoisseur well as the uninitiated. Iqbal Bano’s well trained melodious voice has a wide range, and her repertoire is also varied, including Thumri, Dadra, Ghazal and Geet.
The literal translation of ‘Ghazal’ is a tete-a-tete between the lover and beloved, each couplet of which is complete poetry by itself, though not necessarily expressing the same mood.
The artistry of Ghazal gayaki or singing lies in the ability of the singer to give each couplet a true musical portrayal. It is a singer’s interpretation of a poet’s creation, remaining faithful to the port’s metre through clear enunciation and punctuation while giving each rendition a new dimension with subtle musical phrases. A deep understanding of the words is as essential as musical mastery. The traditional style of Ghazal gayaki, though based on a particular raga, permits the aesthetic blend of other ragas for portraying the varied moods of the lyric through spontaneous improvisation. This form has tremendous emotional appeal and is enjoyed equally by the connoisseur and the lay listener. A sensitive rendition of the Ghazal is a beautiful fusion of the depth of Khayal and the romanticism of Thumri.
Sabri Khan – Sarangi
Zahid Khan - Harmonium
Ramzan Khan – Table
Abdul Hamid Sabri – Surmandal
Saeed Khan – Sitar
Music Arranger: Iqbal Ahmed Khan
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