I had the honor of attending a beautiful Ghazal concert by 3 formidable greats. Ghulam Ali, Talat Aziz and Anup Jalota. It is an experience one can never forget.
A Ghazal in short, is a collection of couplets (called sher). Ghazals were written by the Persian mystics and poets Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi (13th century) and Hafez (14th century), the Turkish poet Fuzuli (16th century), as well as Mirza Ghalib (1797–1869) and Muhammad Iqbal (1877–1938), who both used the Persian as well as the Urdu language.
Talat Aziz and Anup Jalota (both of Indian Origin) and Ghulam Ali (of Pakistani Origin) are doing their bit for the Indo-Pak peace initiative with a series of joint concerts that started in March of 2005 spanning seven weeks across fifteen cities in the US.
The Ghazal legends first performed individually in a packed four-hour concert and then combined their unique styles into a harmony at the UCLA, Royce hall on Saturday night. The crowd response was phenomenal to a unique joint concert.