Shaam-E-Gam Kii Qasam, Aaj Gamagiin Hain Ham
Aa Bhii Jaa Aa Bhii Jaa Aaj Mere Sanam
This super hit Ghazal from thespian Dilip Kumar’s hit film FOOTPATH, sung by Talat Mehmood, the Monarch of Ghazal singing in India, till date is as sweet and fresh as morning dew.
Even today millions of his fans listen to his heart rendering poignant Ghazals to seek solace in the fast packed universe. Talat Mehmood, ruled Bollywoood from the 40’s to the mid 60’s. February 24 marks his birth anniversary; Raaga.Com remembers the legend and reveals how singing legends marveled his command over singing Ghazals.
Termed silky, feather soft and velvety by scribes Talat Mehmood voice pierced straight into the listener’s heart!
Mallika-e-tarannum Noorjahan on her visit to Mumbai during the show - Mortal men immortal melodies, when she heard Talat Mahmood singing live, she applauded him saying, “Talat bhai, aap ki awaaz mein wohi kashish ab bhi hain”
Singing legend, Manna Dey had said, “When I heard his first Ghazal “Tasveer teri dil mein, behla na sakegi...” I was totally floored and became his instant ashique (Devotee).”
Kishore Kumar on hearing Talat’s voice is reported to have remarked to music director Anil Biswas, “I think I better give up singing. How can I dare open my mouth as long as such a perennially romantic voice is around?”
Jagjeet Singh, who later became himself a legenadry Ghazal singer candidly confessed in an interview, “Talatji’s voice had a distinct quiver, tailor made for Ghazals. His Ghazal, “Ye hawa Ye Raat Ye Chandni...” from the movie ‘SANGDIL’ pleased me so much that, I use to bunk college and repeatedly watch the movie.”