Good bye Iqbal Bano - Dasht e tanhaii main aye jaan e jahaN





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Published on Apr 21, 2009

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aye andleeb Chal, ke chalay din bahaar ke
آغوشِ گل کشودہ براۓ وداع ہے
اے عندلیب چل! کہ چلے دن بہار کے
aik aor Ehd-e-Moseeqi aaj apne ikhtataam ko pohancha
Iqbal Banu was born 1935 in Delhi, India and died today on 21st April 2009 Lahore)
she was an outstanding female Ghazal singer (both classical and modern ghazals)

Iqbal Bano was invited by Radio Pakistan for performances, she being an accomplished artist. Her debut public concert was in 1957, at Lahore Arts Council, before an elite crowd. Music lovers feted her beyond imagination. With each recital, she generated more and more public appeal. She was considered a specialist in singing the works of Faiz Ahmed Faiz. She has given such musical relevance to the ghazals of Faiz, that Bano and Faiz are apparently inseparable in popular imagination. Because of Faiz's imprisonment and hatred of the Pakistani Government towards him, Bano roused a strong crowd of 50,000 people in Lahore by singing his passionate Urdu nazm, "Hum Dekhenge."
Iqbal Bano can sing Persian ghazals with the same fluency as Urdu. She is always applauded in Iran and Afghanistan for her Persian ghazals. The Iranians and Afghans thronged to her shows in large numbers to hear her ghazals in their mother tongue. Once she said in an interview, that she had a collection of 72 beautiful Persian ghazals. Before 1979, there was a festival of culture called Jashn-e-Kabul every year in Afghanistan. Iqbal Bano regularly received a warm invitation to this annual event. She was known for singing a new Persian ghazal each time she appeared. The King of Afghanistan liked her recital very much. Once, on such an occasion, the king was so pleased with her ghazals that he presented her with a golden vase in appreciation of her music.
Music lovers have noted some similarities between Bano and Begum Akhtar, especially some marked resemblances in their styles of singing. Iqbal Bano does not consider the contemporary ghazals as ghazals at all. Her recitals stick to the old classical style that lays more stress on the raag purity. Basically a ghazal singer, Iqbal Bano has also sung many memorable Pakistani film songs. She has provided soundtrack songs for famous Urdu films like Gumnaam (1954), Qatil (1955), Inteqaam (1955), Sarfarosh (1956), Ishq-e-Laila (1957), and Nagin (1959). She won the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Pride of Performance) medal in 1974 for her contributions to the world of Pakistani music.
In the wasteland/desert of solitude, my love, shivers
shadows of your voice, illusions/mirages of your lips.
In the desert of solitude, from the dusts/waste of parting
Blossoms the jasmines and roses of your presence.

From somewhere close by, rises the warmth of your breath
and in its own fragrance glowing/smoldering, very slowly
Far-off, across the horizon, drop by shimmering drop
falls the silken dew of your glance.

With such affection, O my love,
your memory has placed its hand on my hearts cheek,
that it looks as if (though its still the dawn of the departures day)
the sun of parting has set; the night of union has arrived.


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