Monday, February 23, 2015

Music Legends Marveled Talat Mehmood’s Ghazal style

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.

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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.”

Amitabh Bachchan applauds launching of India’s First Film Restoration School

Better late than never goes the English adage. Hence Film Heritage Foundation India, deserves kudos for eventually taking up the brilliant task of restoring and preserving India’s cinematic heritage. 

The man behind the mission is Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, an award-winning filmmaker, producer, film archivist and restorer. Following a successful career as a maker of ad-films and documentaries, he has established the Film Heritage Foundation in 2014.

Film Heritage Foundation has teamed up with Hollywood director Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation, acclaimed film preservationist and a film restoration laboratory based in Italy, which is set to launch India’s first film restoration school.

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The mission of film restoration and preservation of India’s Film Archive has been ably supported by Viacom18 Media Pvt Ltd. To create awareness about the project a week long workshop from February 22 to 28 has been organized at Film Davison, Mumbai. 

To give a boost to the event the organizers have employed Amitabh Bachchan as the Brand Ambassador for promoting the importance of preservation of India’s Film Archive. 

Amitabh Bachchan, who inaugurated the workshop on Sunday, praising the event said, “I applaud Film Heritage Foundation for their righteous notion for preserving India’s Film Archive. It is truly a most sincere effort to archive all the films made through the years. It is a daunting task as most of our films have got destroyed or lost, due to no archival interest or work.”

Speaking about the workshop Shivendra Singh Dungarpur told media, “We have lost a colossal amount of our film heritage and we continue to lose some everyday. Most film laboratories have shut down their photochemical facilities that are essential for doing a quality restoration. Hence we are in danger of losing the original camera negatives of countless landmark Indian films if they are not restored on an urgent basis.”

“The aim of the school is to create passionate future archivists,” concludes Dungarpur.