Famous ghazal singer picks poetry work of Malaysian lawyer

An Urdu ghazal and a Punjabi geet penned by Jagdish, a UM graduate with a penchant for languages, included in Teri Ankhein album released at a concert in Mumbai

| Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 10 May 2017 | Asia Samachar |
MASTER AND STUDENT: Ghazal singer Ghulam Abbas Khan with Jagdish Kaur at the launch of his latest album in Mumbai on 6 May 2017 – PHOTO / SUPPLIED

Kuala Lumpur-based lawyer Jagdish Kaur has certainly hit a high personal note when world renowned ghazal singer Ustad Ghulam Abbas Khan picked up her Urdu and Punjabi writings for his latest album released in Mumbai over the weekend.

An Urdu ghazal and a Punjabi geet penned by Jagdish, a Universiti Malaya graduate with a penchant for languages, has been included in the Teri Ankhein album released at a concert on Saturday (6 May 2017).

The inclusion of a Punjabi geet (song) in the line up of predominantly Urdu poetry in the album is certainly a milestone for the budding Malaysian poet.

“When I was in Kuala Lumpur sometime in September last year, she came up with this beautiful Punjabi geet…Immediately, when I read this poetry, I had a spark…The thoughts were so beautifully written, it had lots of soul and love in it…Immediately picked it, and within a few minutes, I created a tune on the spot,” he tells Asia Samachar in a telephone conversation.

“I immediately told Jagdish that I would definitely love to include this in the next album.”

Jagdish, who has been actively involved in the classical dance and drama as well as punjabi giddha and boliyaan since university Malaya days, reckons it as a humble contribution to all the collaborative efforts to keep the Punjabi language flag flying, from this side of the world – Malaysia.

“I’m extremely indebted to Khan Sahib for being so generous, for being so big hearted, for picking up the work of someone who has just started writing,” Jagdish tells Asia Samachar on the inclusion of her poetry work in the album.

“The other songs in this album are very melodious and romantic, with beautiful poetry written by eminent poets from India and Pakistan, whilst the musical composition by Ustad Ghulam Abbas Khan is truly refreshing and graceful.”

Jagdish attended the Mumbai concert Ghazal Raag along with a number of prominent singers, actors and poets, including Padmabhushan Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan, Hariharan, Chandan Dass, Jasbinder Narula, Ghansyam Vaswani and Johnny Lever. Poets present were Hasan Kazmi and Tahir Faraz.

In a note shared via the social media, a fellow MU colleague of Jagdish had this to say: “It is indeed a defining moment for Jagdish to be working side by side with Ustad Ghulam Abbas Khan on this album. Her untiring efforts and contribution in the classical dance and drama as well as her reverence for poetry and the Punjabi language over the years have truly earned her this glory and recognition.”

Ghulam is a prominent Indian ghazal and classical vocalist of India who belongs to the Rampur-Sahaswan Gharana which owes its allegiance to Miyan Tansen’s tradition. He specialises in ghazal, sufi and khayal style.

He was initiated into music at a tender age by his grandfather the late Ustad Ghulam Jafar Khan and later continued his training under his father Padmashri Ustad Ghulam Sadiq Khan, a classical vocalist of International fame himself. Ghulam Abbas is also the grandson of the Indian legendary classical vocalist Ustad Mushtaq Husain Khan who was the first recipient of Padmabhushan Award.

NEW ALBUM: Ustad Ghulam Abbas Khan releases his latest album Teri Ankhein” in a concert in Mumbai on 6 May 2017 – PHOTO / SUPPLIED


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