Bollywoody Ghazal


Today, our Classical Music Expert Brinda Roy Chowdhury talks about the semi-classical compositions called Ghazals. She says, “Ghazals are a traditional form of poetry in Persian or Urdu, which are set to music. A Ghazal essentially consists of 5 to 15 independent but thematically linked couplets. The structure of the Ghazal has stringent similarity with Petrarchan Sonnet. The themes depicted are often love and separation, which very easily fit into the style and content of Ghazals. Over the years, the nature of the Ghazals has changed to meet the demands of musical presentation, becoming briefer in length. In India, the classical tradition of Ghazal “Gayaki” or the art of performing the Ghazal is very old. No wonder it made it to Bollywood, very easily.”

Bollywoody Ghazal

Some Ghazals from Bollywood movies are:

Dil cheez kya hai… Umrao Jaan (1981)

In aankhon ki masti ke… Umrao Jaan (1981)

Justju jiski thi… Umrao Jaan (1981)

Yeh kya jagah hai doston… Umrao Jaan (1981)

Tumko dekha to yeh khayal aaya… Saath Saath (1982)

Koi yeh kaise bataye… Arth (1983)

Dil dhoondta hai… Mausam (1975)

Hoshwalon ko khabar kya… Sarfarosh (1999)

Kiska chehra ab main dekhu… Tarkieb (2000)

Humhari mehfil mein aa gaye ho… Umrao Jaan (2006)


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  1. Beautiful visual . Extremely melodious voice. Wonderful wonderful presentation Brinda Roychowdhury Ray and Gayatri Rao. Eagerly waiting for more.

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