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Ghazal is a common and popular form of music in Indian and Pakistan. Strictly speaking, it is not a musical form at all but a poetic recitation. However, today it is commonly conceived of as an Urdu song whose prime importance is given to the lyrics. Ghazal traces its roots in classical Arabic poetry. Ghazal grew from the Persian qasida (a verse form that had come to Iran from Arabia around the 10th century A.D).The qasida was usually a eulogy composed in praise of the emperors or their noblemen. Many a times the Qasida often had 100 couplets or more. 

With the coming of the Muslims, Ghazal got introduced in the 12th century. Thus Ghazal was imported into India from the 12th to the 18th centuries. Slowly and gradually Ghazal acquired local colour and form. The most notable contributor to Ghazal music in India was the famous poet Amir Khusro. Soon Ghazal came to enjoy widespread popularity among Indian Muslims and rulers for many centuries. 

It is interesting to note that the Ghazal was introduced first in the north but it got Urdu character in the south. In the north, the rulers were very much oriented toward Persian but Urdu was beginning to be used for literary purposes in the south. The Golconda and Bijapur rulers encouraged this tradition of Urdu. Some important patrons of Ghazal and Urdu were Nusrati, Wajhi, Hashmi, Mohammad Quli Qutab Shah and Wali Dakhini. 

From just a poetic form, Ghazal acquired musical form in the 18th and 19th centuries. It was the period when the Ghazal became associated with courts. The "tawaif" tradition in the courts played an important role in the growth and development of Ghazal music. However, with the decline of the "tawaif" tradition in the 19th and the early 20th century, the performance part of Ghazals also underwent change. 

With the development of recording and film industries, the Ghazal music became more popular as it went out from the confines of the courts to the masses. This had tremendous economic advantages for performers and producers of the Ghazals. 

The poetic arrangement of the Ghazal is precise. The Ghazal is based upon a series of couplets which are woven together by a rhyming formation. The first couplet of the Ghazal is called "matla" and is the most important one. At times there are two matlas, where the second one is referred as "matla-e-sani". The last couplet of the Ghazal is vital and is called the "maqta". The "maqta" usually contains the pen name of the poet. The maqta is generally different from rest of the Ghazals as it is a personal statement. 

The Ghazal music revolves usually around a few common themes. The Ghazals are woven around unreciprocated love, madness, mystical reflection and even social commentaries ridiculing and highlighting religious orthodoxy. But the most important theme of Ghazals is unrequited love. The traditional Ghazals are similar to the Hindustani classical music forms such as "Dadra" and "Thumri". Then there are some Ghazal forms that are similar to Qawwali. India has produced some of the exceptional talents in the field of Ghazal singing like Begum Akhtar, Jagjit Singh and Pankaj Udhas.

Sadly, Jagjit Singh has passed away but Pankaj Udhas is a living legend in the world of Ghazal music. Pankaj Udhas is a ghazal singer, hailing from Gujarat in India. He started his career with a release of a ghazal album titled Aahat in 1980 and subsequently recorded many hits like Mukarar in 1981, Tarrannum in 1982, Mehfil in 1983, Pankaj Udhas Live at Royal Albert Hall in 1984, Nayaab in 1985 and Aafreen in 1986. After his success as a ghazal singer, he was invited to appear and sing for a film by Mahesh Bhatt, Naam. Udhas rose to further fame for singing in the 1986 film Naam, in which his song "Chitthi Aayee Hai" became an instant hit. He did playback singing for many Hindi films after that. Albums and live concerts around the globe brought him fame as a singer. In 2006, Pankaj Udhas was awarded the famous Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award.

This year Pankaj will be performing in Manchester in the UK. For lovers of poetry, World Music and ghazal, this will be a not to be missed event and a once in a lifetime event to see the legend live in action. Be prepared to be amazed by his smooth velvety voice, to see the intricate and precise execution of each raag. Radio Sangam will be there enjoying the show. Come join us and share in this evening of sublime entertainment. Tickets can be purchased from 

 

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28/02/19- MERE PYARE PRIME MINISTER

 

Watch the music video herehttps://www.youtube.com/watchv=e2bD9JnS5KU

 

 

 

28/02/19- School Wale Yaar Raga

                                         Watch the music video here: https://bit.ly/2IIbUhR

 

25/02/19- Kyun Rabba, first song from the upcoming film Badla

 

Watch the song video to Kyun Rabba from Badla here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aaRllt7VP0

 

 

Katrina Kaif wows on stage at ZERO’s Husn Parcham launch event

Creators of ZERO launched the third song from the film earlier on this week; with an exclusive launch event in Mumbai where Katrina Kaif performed the song Husn Parcham live for the first time. 

 

The song launch saw the presence of Katrina, director Aanand L Rai, music composers Ajay-Atul, lyricist Irshad Kamil and choreographer, Bosco Martis.

 

Katrina wowed the crowds by kicking off the event with a dazzling live performance of the new song Husn Parcham, which seems to be the introductory song for her character in the film, superstar Babita Kumari, who has a sizzling romance with Shah Rukh Khan’s character Bauua Singh.

 

Fans were treated to Katrina’s iconic dance moves live on stage, and live-streamed on Youtube by Red Chillies Entertainment.

 

Bringing back the power trio of Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka SharmaZERO presents the story of Bauua Singh, a vertically challenged man. 

 

Produced by Gauri Khan, Red Chillies Entertainment and Colour Yellow Productions.

 

Watch the official livestream of the Husn Parcham launch here:

https://youtu.be/WLEoPPanthM?t=18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/01/19-Kangana Ranaut on her directorial debut Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi

“For me, the director is the hero of a film and directing is my first love”, says Kangana Ranaut

 

Over the last couple of years, Kangana Ranaut has become a one-woman force in Bollywood— shouldering films solo, picking up many awards, and has also called out the film industry’s double standards, from nepotism to gender bias.

 

Now, Kangana becomes one of the first among her contemporaries to turn director, stepping in to helm her magnum opus Manikarnika midway from the original director Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi (aka Krish). 

 

In a recent interview, Kangana spoke about her filmmaking ambitions, “I always wanted to direct films. These days, you generally hear of directors wanting to be actors, and not the other way around (laughs). Even those actors who direct don’t really do it full-time. They feel that they have got a certain amount of acclaim and popularity as actors, so why should they give that up and only direct films. It may sound strange, but I have never really identified with being an actress. It’s not my calling, direction is.”

 

On what it was like directing a cast that comprises many veterans in Manikarnika, Kangana said in the interview,I got a phenomenal team of actors and they are all so experienced, I didn’t have anything to tell them. Even Jisshu (Sengupta, who plays Manikarnika’s husband Gangadhar Rao) for that matter is so good, what does one tell him? I never took more than one or two takes for a scene and that surprised people on set.”

 

A story about Rani Laxmibai and her fight against the British East India Company, Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi releases in cinemas on 25th January 2019.

 

Watch the Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi trailer here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKmkMVaNu9g

 
 

 

 

 

11/01/19 - Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga

 

 

Anil Kapoor’s iconic 1942 A Love Story song gets a 2019 version

 

The title song of Sonam Kapoor’s upcoming film Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga is out and focuses on yet another facet of love. A beautifully done retread of the iconic 1942: A Love Story song featuring Anil Kapoor and composed by RD Burman, the new number has been written by Gurpreet Saini and sung by Darshan Raval and Rochak Kohli.

 

Earlier today, Sonam shared an upside-down poster of the film featuring her and co-star Rajkummar Rao, captioned, “Rethink the way you look at love.”

 

Sonam shares the screen space with father Anil Kapoor for the first time in Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga. They play a father-daughter duo with Anil’s character looking for a groom for his daughter. 

 

Directed by Shelly Chopra DharEk Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga is set to release in cinemas on 1st February 2019.


Watch the title song Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga here:

http://bit.ly/ELKDTALSong

 

11/01/19 - Vijayi Bhava celebrates the warrior spirit of Manikarnika

 

 

Kangana Ranaut slays in the song video Vijayi Bhava from Manikarnika

 

Rani Laxmi Bai was undoubtedly a fearless warrior who fought till her last breath for her beloved Jhansi. Zee Studios and Kamal Jain’s magnum opus Manikarnika – The Queen Of Jhansi will soon be showcasing her life story on the big screen on January 25, 2019. The makers are all set to release the film's first song Vijayi Bhava today. The song encapsulates her heroism and showcases her fighter spirit.

 

Shankar Mahadevan who has lent his voice to the song says, “In any musicians career, a film like Manikarnika becomes a landmark and its truly becomes a dream project which is challenging and the same time musically very enriching. I think we have been lucky enough to be offered projects like these which are milestones in our career and even after fifty years we can look back and say that we were the proud ones to create music for this legacy, this kind of historic epic. The songs have got musical depth to it, a lot of melody, emotion of patriotism. It is indeed a proud moment for Shankar Ehsaan and Loy."

 

Music has been composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy and lyrics penned by Prasoon Joshi in the film.
 

Talking about the song, Kangana Ranaut says, Vijayi Bhava was recorded first and is a massive scale song of war preparation. I've never done something of this nature ever before. It is upscale and has high tempo which will be celebrated.”
 

Vibha ChopraHead - Distribution, Acquisition and Marketing, Zee Studios International, says, "Vijayi Bhava is a song that encapsulates Manikarnika’s heroism and showcases her spirit in the truest sense. Audiences worldwide will be reminded of her bravery and sacrifice and it certainly will evoke a sense of patriotism amongst the Indian diaspora. Manikarnika's persona has been defined from her challenges and victories and we are certain that through this song, the sensibility of this character will trickle down the hearts of the viewers."

 

Watch the song video Vijayi Bhava from Manikarnika here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GoDq5gINPo

 

 

11/01/19- Uri physically demanding for Vicky Kaushal

Uri: The Surgical Strike releases in cinemas this Friday, 11thJanuary 2019

 

Uri actor Vicky Kaushal has said that Uri is one of the most physically demanding films of his career. "It was really nice experience to work in the film. In a short span of my of career, Urihas been the most physically demanding film for me. I am very excited to know audience reaction to the film."

 

On playing the role of a commando Vicky said, “You feel that they are the real heroes. In our effort to portraying their character, we get exhausted but they are living their lives like that on a daily basis”

 

Vicky Kaushal’s co-star Yami Gautam also mentioned that shooting for Uri was not easy and that it was "exhausting yet enjoyable"

 

Uriis based on the 2016 surgical strikes conducted by the Indian Army in retaliation to an alleged terror attack in the Kashmir region of Uri. 

 

Also starring Paresh Rawal, Uri releases in cinemas worldwide this Friday, 11th January 2019.

 

Listen to the Uri Audio Jukebox here: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnQ0HACFYkM

 

10/12/18- Kedarnath first song Namo Namo, featuring Sushant Singh Rajput

The first song from Abhishek Kapoor’s Kedarnath has been released, and introduces audiences to Sushant Singh Rajput’s character Mansoor.

 

A shy and quiet Pithoo (porter), Mansoor helps pilgrims make the perilous 14km journey upwards from Gauri Kund to the temple town of Kedarnath. 

 

The song Namo Namo shows Mansoor in his natural habitat, conducting his duty with diligence and devotion amongst the colourful village.

 

Sung by Amit Trivedi,the introductory song is just the beginning of the journey between Mansoor and the beautiful and rebellious Mukku (played by Sara Ali Khan), who must battle nature itself with the strength of their love.

 

Pack Your Bag Films releases Kedarnath on December 7th 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15/11/2018-Sara Ali Khan on Kedarnath co-star Sushant Singh Rajput.

 

 

 

 

He has just been the most helpful person I have had,” says Sara Ali Khan on co-star Sushant Singh Rajput

 

Sushant Singh Rajput and debutant actress Sara Ali Khan have begun promoting their upcoming film, Kedarnath. They were recently on the sets of a reality TV show where where they spoke about their film.

 

Sara was, full of praise for her co-stars Sushant, and credited him with helping her improve her Hindi. She was quoted as saying: “I am so glad that you asked me that. I have no idea how I have done this film. I have tried my best but I feel I couldn’t have done any of it without Sushant. He has just been the most helpful person I have had. There were days when I was lost and scared as it’s the first time I am facing the camera but he has been hand on. Sushant also helped me improve my Hindi and whatever little I speak, he has taught me. He has helped me a lot.”

 

Directed by Abhishek  KapoorKedarnath is based around the love between a Hindu girl, who is on a pilgrim to Kedarnath, and a Muslim pitthoo (people who carry pilgrims on their back) and how they get cause in the devastating floods. 

 

 

 

Team Kedarnath at its trailer launch

 

The trailer of Abhishek Kapoor's directorial venture Kedarnath is out now. A love story set against the backdrop of a pilgrimage, Kedarnath stars debutant actress Sara Ali Khan and Sushant Singh Rajput 

The trailer depicts the picturesque locales of Uttarakhand in India, as well as the terrifying rains that almost swept away Kedarnath in 2013. 

 

Debutant actress Sara Ali Khan, actor Sushant Singh Rajput, director Abhishek Kapoor and producers Pragya Kapoor and Ronnie Screwvala were in attendance.

 

The director introduced Kedarnath and shared why he made the film before moving on to show the trailer.

 

After being asked by press about how it feels to be at the launch of her trailer, Sara mentioned the warm reception she received from the media and public. “Thank you to all of you for being so warm and welcoming… I really have not done anything to deserve it but hopefully now… after seeing the film you’ll think so.”Sara said.

 

When asked about working with Sara, co-star Sushant said, “Sara kept me on my toes.”

 

Pack Your Bag Films releases Kedarnath on December 7th 2018.

 

Watch the official trailer of Kedarnath here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03-KVRmd3xo

13/11/2018-Kedarnath’s first song Namo Namo Out Now

 

Kedarnath first song Namo Namo, featuring Sushant Singh Rajput, is a celebration of spirituality 

 

The first song from Abhishek Kapoor’s Kedarnath has been released, and introduces audiences to Sushant Singh Rajput’s character Mansoor.

 

A shy and quiet Pithoo (porter), Mansoor helps pilgrims make the perilous 14km journey upwards from Gauri Kund to the temple town of Kedarnath. 

 

The song Namo Namo shows Mansoor in his natural habitat, conducting his duty with diligence and devotion amongst the colourful village.

 

Sung by Amit Trivedi,the introductory song is just the beginning of the journey between Mansoor and the beautiful and rebellious Mukku (played by Sara Ali Khan), who must battle nature itself with the strength of their love.

 

Pack Your Bag Films releases Kedarnath on December 7th 2018.

 

Watch the song video Namo Namo here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwM2ApskJy4

 

 
 

 

 

29/10/2018- Kulstarr - Official Debut Track

Kulstarr is a UK-born, up-and-coming music producer based in Wolverhampton. Over the past couple of years he has  been able to showcase his music-making ability on my own YouTube channel with regular free-to-download releases that have helped him steadily grow an audience for my work. These have included remixes and complete covers with new singers, compositions, and artwork. 

check out his music here

Sardari (Official Video) - Kulstarr ft Jaswinder Daghamia

29/10/2018-Saif Ali Khan & Kareena Kapoor step out in style for Baazaar screening

 

Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor at the screening of Baazaar

 

Baazaar the stock market drama starring Saif Ali KhanChitrangada SinghRadhika Apte and debutant Rohan Mehra, are geared up the mega release today. The film had a special screening in Mumbai where Saif and his wife, actress Kareena Kapoor Khan attended as well as Diana Penty

Directed by Gauravv K ChawlaBaazaar has released in UK cinemas today, 26th October 2018

 

Watch the song video to Chhod Diya from Baazaar here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DzWXIE4Pj0

 

 

25/10/2018- Suraiyya from Thugs of Hindostan song teaser 

 

 

 

 

 

Directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya Thugs of Hindostan stars Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh. 

Thugs of Hindostan releases in UK cinemas on 8th November 2018 and can be experienced in IMAX.

 

Watch the song video of Suraiyya here:         https://youtu.be/-qa31u2gBt4

Join the conversation:                      #ThugsOfHindostan   #Suraiyya

 

 

 

 

 

 

16/10/2018- Amitabh Bachchan & Aamir Khan dance for the first in Thugs of Hindostan’s Vashmalle

Ace choreographer Pradhudeva directs a fun dance number that will see the two legends dance their heart out after getting drunk

 

Yash Raj Films mega action adventure Thugs of Hindostan has stunned audiences worldwide with it’s larger than life, extravagant trailer that has made it the biggest film to come out of Bollywood in years. This visual spectacle about an epic war and adventure on the high seas, is releasing this Diwali. The film has managed an incredible casting coup of this generation by bringing together two of the biggest icons of Hindi cinema Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan for the first time on big screen and to make this even more interesting, looks like the two have also danced together in the film.

 

Prabhudheva, whose choreography sets benchmarks each time, has directed this song titled Vashmalle (Meaning: Dance your heart out and make merry). Prabhudheva always leaves his mark with high-energy dance numbers that boast of unique dance moves. Vashmalletoo will stand out because Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan are seen dancing their heart out in the film.

 

Vijay Krishna Acharya, director of Thugs of Hindostan says,“It is amazing that we could write a suitable moment in the film that sees these two icons of Indian cinema shake a leg with each other and the song will stand out because of their infectious energy and camaraderie. The song presents Mr. Bachchan and Aamir Khan in the mood to celebrate. I have to reveal, the sequence will show them getting drunk during the celebrations and then breaking out to dance on this high-energy number. It is a priceless moment that we have captured in Thugs of Hindostan.”

 

Sukhwinder Singh and Vishal Dadlani have sung this anticipated number while celebrated lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya has penned its supremely catchy lyrics. Ace music composers Ajay-Atul have created this track.

 

Thugs of Hindostan co-stars Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh. The film is set to treat audiences across the globe with the biggest jaw-dropping action sequences seen by audiences on screen to date. With its edge-of-the-seat thrills and a visually immersive experience, YRF’s out and out entertainer, Thugs of Hindostan, is set to release on November 8, a national holiday, in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. 

 

 Watch the Vashmalle song video here:                https://youtu.be/VIIRTUS1Txc

  

Be sure to join the conversation on twitter by using the hashtag  and follow them on twitter using                @TOHTheFilm and   #ThugsOfHindostan   #Vashmalle                                                             

 

11/10/2018- From the Creators of Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi release official teaser

 The official teaser video for upcoming period drama Manikarnika: The Queen of     Jhansiis out now. Actress Kangana Ranaut plays the iconic role ofthe fierce warrior Queen Laxmi Bai of Jhansi, who is the symbol of Indian women and the hero of our independence. 

 

The teaser video shows a powerful introduction to the film, featuring a strong voiceover from the Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan.

 

Every country has a hero, every legend has a legacy, Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi tells a story of courage, strength and true determination. It celebrates the story of a queen who lay down her life for her people. 

 

Directed by Krish JagarlamudiManikarnika: The Queen of Jhansiis set to release in cinemas on 25thJanuary 2019