Sunday, April 21, 2019

Iqbal Bano

Today is the death anniversary of Iqbal Bano, a renowned female ghazal singer of the subcontinent.She was born on 27th August , 1935 at Delhi.Her singing talent spotted early in life , she was trained in Classical music by Ustaad Chand Khan of Delhi Gharana and she became his Ganda- bandh disciple.At Chand Khan's persuasion, she started singing at Delhi station of All India Radio.
Married in 1952, aged 17 to a person in Multan, she shifted there and continued singing. In ' 50s she had become an established singer and  received wide acclaim as singer of Dadra, Thumri and Ghazals.She also sang for Pakistani films.After the death of  her husband in 1980, she shifted to Lahore. She sang Faiz Ahmed Faiz 's ghazals which in her voice became very popular.
In open defiance of Ziaul Haque's military regime that had banned Faiz's ghazals ,she once performed on stage Faiz's  Hum a packed audience. She was an outstanding singer  and rendered ghazals in semi Classical style, with scrupulous adherence to Ragas.
Her famous ghazals include Ulfat Ki Nayi Manzil Ko Chala....., Daag-e- Dil  Humko Yaad Aane Lagay....,Hum Dekhenge......
, Muhabbat Karane Wale Kam Na Honge, Dashte Tanhayi Mein......., and a Classical rendition- Payal mein Geet hain chham chham ke.
She died this day in Lahore in 2009.
Our humble tributes to the great singer !

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