Ghazal

Feature

Friday, February 08, 2008

For hundreds of years, musicians from India and Pakistan have taken the poetry called ghazal and set it to music. The songs project such deep longing that you don’t need to know Urdu to feel the pain. Produced by Rob Weisberg.

    Music Playlist
  1. Neend Koyi
    Artist: Najma
    Album: Qareeb
    Label: Shanachie
    Purchase: Amazon
  2. Mili Khak Mein Mohabbat
    Artist: Mohammed Rafi
    Album: Jana Tha Humse Door and Other Ghazals From Films
    Label: HMV India
  3. Woh Hata Rahe Hain Pardah
    Artist: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Party
    Album: Devotional and Love Songs
    Label: Real World
    Purchase: Amazon
  4. Us Mod Se Shuroo Karen
    Artist: Jagjit and Chitra Singh
    Album: The Latest Jagjit
    Label: Crescendo Music
    Purchase: Amazon
  5. Teray Darsan
    Artist: Kiran Ahluwalia
    Album: Wanderlust
    Label: Times Square Records
    Purchase: Amazon
  6. Soch Ka
    Artist: Kiran Ahluwalia
    Album: Wanderlust
    Label: Times Square Records
    Purchase: Amazon
  7. Jo Dil
    Artist: Kiran Ahluwalia
    Album: Wanderlust
    Label: Times Square Records
    Purchase: Amazon

Contributors:

Rob Weisberg

Comments [4]

Yves from Somerville, MA

Thank you for this report. I searched for "famous ghazal 1987" on Google and found "Qareeb" by "Najma," which captured my interest as soon as I heard it.

Feb. 11 2008 01:50 AM
Rob Weisberg from Hoboken NJ

Ali, absolutely - the ghazal came to North India from Persia. In fact as you may know there's an ensemble inspired by that connection called simply "Ghazal": Kayhan Kalhor from Iran and Shujaat Khan from India. Alexis - agreed, Caetano can take you way down. Also google this recent compilation cd: "International Sad Hits Vol.1". It's truly dire!

Feb. 09 2008 09:36 PM
Ali Yazdi from Tehran - Iran

There are very beautiful Ghazal in Persian. Roomy and Hafez and other Persian Poets have written many magnificent pieces. Ghazal if a format for love songs too in Persian literature.

Feb. 09 2008 12:08 PM
Alexis from Madison, NJ

So it may not be in Urdu, but it is in Spanish-- my vote for the greatest, saddest love song ever is "Cucurucucu" by Caetano Veloso. It played in the movie "Talk to Her" (Spanish with English subtitles). You should totally check it out!

Feb. 09 2008 10:24 AM

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