THE SOFT and soulful renditions of celebrated ghazal singer Talat Aziz regaled the audience at Motilal Nehru Stadium on Tuesday.
He combined his ‘gayaki’ (singing) with the subtleness of ‘sher’ (couplets) and struck a nostalgic chord with some very beautiful numbers including Zindagi Jab Bhi Teri, Aiana Mujhse Meri Pehli Si Surat Mange, Phir Chidi Raat Baat Phoolon Ki.
The programme was part of the ongoing golden jubilee celebrations of the State. The attendance was thin as compared to Monday’s packed ballet show of Hema Malini, but the VIP and the VVIP portions were almost full. The rapture and romance with the Urdu ballads continued for almost three hours.
The mehfil started off with the ghazal ‘Lazate Gam Bhara Dijiye Aap Phir Muskura Dijiye’ sung by Mithilesh Kumar of Lucknow. He was accompanied by Ratnesh Mishr on the tabla.
This was followed by a beautiful rendition by Talat Aziz - ‘Kaise Sukoon Paon Tuzhe Dekhane Ke Baad’. The nearly ten-minute ghazal was interspersed with some dialogue and meanings. ‘Zindagi Jab Bhi Teri Bazm Mein…’ of Umrao Jaan resonated in the air next. The long stretches and short pauses reverberated with musical acumen and many in the audience were seen enjoying the sweetness of the ghazal, which had hit the charts some two decades back, with eyes closed.
Chahenge Hum Tujhe Kabhi Rusva Na Karenge…was a little long, but soothing. This was followed by one of his other popular ghazals - Aiana Mujhse Meri Pehli Si Surat Mange, which garnered rapturous applause. The ghazal Sathiya Jaam Utha Le was intertwined with many musical turns and twists. The sudden nosedive from a high to a low pitch was an exhilarating audio experience.
Then came some ‘farmaish’ numbers - songs sung on the demand of audience. Maine Ek Aashiana Jalaya Tha and Khoobsoorat Hain Aankhen Teri were two such ‘on demand’ ghazals that the singer churned out with prolific ease. The ghazal Phir Chidi Raat Baat Phoolon Ki of film Baazar then enlivened the atmosphere followed by Zindagi Mein To Sabhi Pyar Karte Hain…..
Tabla accompanist Jeetu Shankar displayed firmness and his beats had a perfect wavelength with the songs. Other music accompaniments were - Naseer Khan (sarangi), Ranu Johnson (flute), Fareed Ahmed (harmonium), Rakesh Arya (guitar), Imrat Khan (keyboard) and Omi Agarwal (percussion).