July 2010

Talat Mahmood – Part 1

By |July 3rd, 2010|

Profile – Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4
Fact File – Filmography – Interview – Photo Gallery
Back to Legends – Talat Mahmood

The year is 1949. A young singer from Calcutta named Tapan Kumar who was soon to earn fame as […]

June 2010

Zeenat Begum

By |June 20th, 2010|

[ Zeenat Begum’s Song List ]
Zeenat Begum (not to be confused with actress Zeenat) was a kothewali (courtesan). Her first recorded songs mostly composed by Pandit Amarnath and mostly sung in Punjabi language for HMV and Jienophone appeared around 1937.

Her first success as a […]

May 2010

Roshan Ara Begum

By |May 11th, 2010|

Twenty years ago on December 6, 1982, Pakistani classical music in particular and that of the subcontinent in general, was impoverished by the death of vocalist Roshan Ara Begum, who was known as Malika-i-Mauseeqi — the queen of music. Although she hailed from Calcutta, […]

Naseebo Lal

By |May 11th, 2010|

Once upon a time (well, not so long ago), there lived a queen. She sang and ruled over the hearts of her listeners. Her reign lasted for 60 long years. In her seventh decade, she fell sick and died. The whole kingdom was berieaved […]

Ghulam Ali

By |May 11th, 2010|

Like the tree that branches out as it ages, so too grows the fountain of wisdom. Ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali is one such man who despite being an icon in his trade, is humble to a fault. It seems fame hasn’t touched him. However, […]