Thursday 7 February 2013

Cutting Chai with Bhawana Somaaya - Day 38

Uss ki Baatein…an evening for ghazal lovers
7. 2.2013, Mumbai

There is a story that once upon a time, long, long ago, when gazal was not valued and cherished; she was on the verge of suicide.

Then Begum Akhtar, the songstress with the soulful voice chanced upon the genre and decided to make it her own.

Soon the biggest and the best of the poets mesmerized by Akhtari bai’s voice decided to pen poetry to be rendered by the Begum.

Thus began a trend and the gazal on the verge of exile was reborn.

Over the years, many maestros have rendered evolved thoughts of innumerable writers in their velvet voices and gazal is now a part of our culture and life.

Uski Batein is a tribute to all those maestros who filled our life with music and thought. From K.L. Saigal, C.H. Atma, Begum Akhtar, Mehdi Hassan to Jagjit Singh. In other words, an evening to remember!
More about this tomorrow…

Bhawana Somaaya/

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