||Shalimar Recording Company
This 15 Audio CD set celebrates the popular works of 11 of the greatest ghazal singers produced by Pakistan, namely, Iqbal Bano, Ghulam Ali, Ustad Barkat Ali Khan, Farida Khanum, Mehnaz Begum, Mehdi Hasan, Hamid Ali Khan, Ijaz H. Hazravi, Salamat Ali, Ustad Amanat Ali Khan and Mukhtar Begum.
Complete list of tracks.
The ghazal has soared in popularity in the last 50 years overtaking other musical forms, especially the more purely classical ones. Pakistan has produced the most celebrated of latter day ghazal singers, among them Mehdi Hasan, Farida Khanum, Iqbal Bano and Ghulam Ali.
All Music, no matter what form it is presented in, flows from its great classical source, the ghazal being no exception. Some of the more popular ghazals are based on classical raagas and raaganis. In that sense, the ghazal has improved and elevated popular taste, while at the same time inducting the common listener into the magical world of lyrical poetry
Often the popular following of the poet has been judged by the popularity of his ghazals. Pakistan inherited a large number of major classical and popular musicians at the time of independence. Others moved in from across the dividing line from India.
For bringing some of the finest poetry in the Urdu language to the people, the practitioners of the exquisite art of ghazal singing undoubtedly deserve great credit.