On “Ghazal”

Some of you readers might be wondering what is meant by the word “Ghazal.” According to Wikipedia, “The ghazal (Arabic/Persian/Urdu: غزل) is a poetic form with rhyming couplets and a refrain, each line sharing the same meter.”

A more personal, intimate translation of the term from my perspective is “expression of heartfelt desire.” What the Wikipedia definition doesn’t tell you is that ghazal is usually performed as music with great pomp in a ceremony called “mehfil,” or the “meeting of minds.” Ghazal is one of my favorite, if not my actual favorite, forms of music.

In this post I wish to share with you some of my favorite ghazals, from three of the greatest singers I’ve heard. These are, in no particular order, Mohammad Rafi, Ustad Ghulam Abbas Khan, and Jagjit Singh. Following are Youtube links to the songs that I’d like to share with you:

“Dunyast Khub Dunya” lyrics by Wahid Qasemi

“Barge Gole” Farsi Ghazal

“Mere Mehboob Tujhe Meri Mohabbat Ki Kasam” lyrics by Shakeel Badayuni

“Tum Ko Dekha Toh Yeh Khayal” from movie “Saath Saath”

Until next time.

— Arun

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