Ghulam Ali

Other names of Ghulam Ali: Ustad Ghulam Ali

Ustad Ghulam Ali was born on December 5, 1940, in Sialkot district (now in Pakistan). The ghazal master has never felt a boundary between the two countries but recently had faced a ban for his concerts in Mumbai. He is trained in Patiala Gharana style of music since his childhood. His father, Daulat Ali, was a well-known vocalist and Sarangi player. It is his father who had got him trained under Bade Ghulam Ali Khan and his other three other brothers Barqat Ali Khan, Mubarak Ali Khan, and Amanat Ali Khan in Lahore. He started his career with Radio Lahore in 1960.

He is famous for blending ‘Gharana-Gaayaki’ into ghazal playback system. Thus his popularity had spread across all geographical boundaries, and his popularity is not limited to Pakistan but Canada, UK, Nepal and other neighboring countries. One of his songs from the private album was introduced in ’Nikkah’, a Bollywood film directed by B R Chopra. This song, ‘Chupke Chupke Raat Din’ is still popular in every home of India. The singer never felt a necessity to do playback for any film so far, as his forte is ghazal singing. He got many film offers, but he had declined them politely as film songs need to change voice accent many times. The versatile singer thinks pop songs are like acrobatics, and it is not in the culture of India or Pakistan even.

But he does not disown that pop song is also a form of one kind of art. His private album ‘Awargi’ constituted other melodious songs such as song ’Hungama Hai Kyon Barpa’, ‘May Nazar Sé Pee Raha Hoon’, ‘Kiya Hai Pyar Jisé’ and ‘Apni Dhoon Mein ‘ were instantly popular. He has given a performance in places where people do not understand the Urdu language of Ghazal songs, but yet people watch him singing with rapt attention. When he visited first time India, Bollywood playback singer Mohammed Rafi Mohammed Rafi is a renowned Indian playback singer >> Read More... embraced him and even had invited him to his house for a dinner.

The Pakistani ghazal singer came into controversy when his concert in Mumbai was cancelled for the political ban. The singer was very much hurt as he feels music has no boundary. When he was young, he learnt Sa Re Ga Ma Pa in musical instrument harmonium, and he learnt its pattern and then started singing daily. His rehearsals continued year-after-year, and the voice became a perfect match for Ghazal singing. He is one of the few Ghazal singers from Pakistan who made a mark for herself in the heart of every music lover. The singer feels that his singing his just blessings of Allah.

Geeta Dutt Hindi Actress

Geeta Dutt

Geeta Dutt was a significant singer who mesmerized the audience between 1946 and 1971; in 1946 she lent her voice for the mythological film Bhakta Prahlad. Prasad was the music composer of this film. First she was asked to sing only two lines that left the audience dumbfound. She got another song during the year 1947. She sang for the film Do Bhai and the song Mera Sundar Sapna Beet Gaya rocked the industry. Geeta Bali had some magic in her voice; her voice had freshness and energy in it. Though it had a Bengali touch that was not minded; the audience just loved her voice. Also the song Yaad Karoge, Yaad Karoge, Ik Din Humko yaad karoge had such maturity that it leaves one wondering whether it is coming from a teenager. Geeta was blessed with a magnetic voice; it is vibrant with emotions had passion and feelings in it. She is adept at sing songs of any genre; whether it is peppy romantic number or a haunting sad song. Geeta Dutt was not affected by the arrival of Lata Mangeshkar; she maintained an identity of her own. The song Tadbeer se bigdi hui taqdeer bana le from the film Baazi was a milestone in Bali’s career; it proved to be greatest strength of the film. Music composer S D Burman used the potential of Geeta Dutt to the fullest. The song Nanhi Kali Sone Chali is a touching lullaby of Dutt. Another song Waqt Ne Kiya Kya Haseen Sitam is is one of the best songs of Geeta Dutt. The song was full of pain, hurt and pathos and it was well received. Geeta was married to director Guru Dutt during the year 1953. Some of Geeta Dutt’s best songs were from Guru Dutt’s films. Later, Geeta Dutt was very much affected by separating from her husband that it affected her career. This talented singer passed away in 1972 owing to liver cirrhosis.

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Gurdas Maan

Gurdas Maan is known for giving Punjabi Music a facelift at the global level. He started his career with his hit number 'Dil Da Mamla Hai' in 1981, and there was no looking back. He has huge fan base in countries like Houston, Washington, San Francisco that whenever he gets a chance to perform in those countries, even foreigners reach the stadium in advance. His old songs have perfect melody and his old tracks like 'Akhiyaan Udeek Dian' and 'Chaklo Chaklo' are still popular. Gurdas Maan was born in Punjab (Giddarbaha village) on January 4, 1957. This singer is a multifaceted personality as he is a singer, choreographer, lyricist and as well as an actor.  Gurdas Maan even showed his acting talent in the Punjabi films, such as 'Shaheed-E-Mohabbat' and 'Waris Shah: Ishq Daa Waaris'. Besides Punjabi, he also has acted in Tamil and Hindi movies. He did a cameo role in Yash Raj’s film Veer Zara. The greatest asset in this singer is that whenever a song gets released it starts topping the charts and always receives a thumbs up from the listeners.  His songs are not just loved by the people of Punjab but are recognized all over the world. In Veer Zara, he had sung a song ‘Aisa Dais Hei Mera' with Lata Mangeshkar and Udit Narayan, & Pritha Majumdar. He is a national award playback singer for singing in a film’ Waris Shah: Ishq Daa Waaris’. For this film, he won appreciation as an actor too. He is married to Manjeet Mann, and with the support of his wife, he had launched his production company in 2007- ‘Sai Lok Sangeet Pvt. Ltd’- where he and his wife are partners.  This film company had produced a couple of National award-winning Punjabi films. He is the pioneer of Punjabi pop. Many of his songs are very popular robust bhangra pop numbers. This singer has gained an iconic status and is solely credited to bring Punjabi folk songs at a global stage. His song’ Apna Punjab’ still has mass appeal till date. Although he is a singer, who is greatest crowd puller singer that Punjabi music has provided, yet this singer has confessed that he had never had an inclination to become a singer.

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