Ghazal: Urdu Poetry
Recorded at a mehfil, a house concert where everyone takes their shoes off and sits on pillows and carpets. The informal atmosphere is quite different from a concert hall. In this recording, Hafeez Ahmed Khan sings classic ghazals, Urdu love poems. This mehfil features the poetry of some of Urdu’s greatest poets including Ghalib, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Jigar, and Josh. The knowledgeable audience responds with requests and comments, and expresses its praise and appreciation with “vah vah.” A rare musical evening. K. Paramjoti provides accompaniment on the tabla.
Hafeez Ahmed Khan was one of the leading exponents of the Rampur-Sahaswan classical vocal tradition in North India. He worked for many years at All India Radio in New Delhi where he was Deputy Chief Producer. He passed away in 2006. He was a dear friend. RIP. – David Barsamian