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Talat Mehmood

Talat Mehmood

Talat Mehmood


Talat Mahmood(Urdu: طلعت محمود) was born in Lucknow, India, on February 24, 1924. His father was Manzoor Mahmood. Talat showed his musical leanings from a very young age and would enjoy sitting through all-night music soiree's listening patiently to some of the biggest names in classical Indian music then. Talat's father was a good singer, as were his sisters. But being from a conservative Muslim background, singing was not encouraged. Talat had to choose between a career in acting and singing and staying at home. Read more on Last.fm
Talat Mahmood(Urdu: طلعت محمود) was born in Lucknow, India, on February 24, 1924. His father was Manzoor Mahmood. Talat showed his musical leanings from a very young age and would enjoy sitting through all-night music soiree's listening patiently to some of the biggest names in classical Indian music then. Talat's father was a good singer, as were his sisters. But being from a conservative Muslim background, singing was not encouraged.

Talat had to choose between a career in acting and singing and staying at home. He opted for the former, though the family accepted the fact only about a decade later when the industry gained respectability. His conservative parents had objected to him becoming a singer though they also were musical people. Things only began improving when people from respectable families started joining the industry. Talat apprenticed classical music under Pandit S.C.R.

Bhat at Morris Music College some time in the 30s. He started his career purely as a ghazal singer in 1939. Talat Mahmood began his singing career at the age of 16 in 1939 when he began singing the Ghazals of Daag, Mir, Jigar etc. on All India Radio, Lucknow.

His voice had a quality distinct from all the other singers. HMV was quick to notice this and offered Talat his first disc in 1941 "sab din ek samaan nahin tha, ban jaoonga kya se kya main, iska to kuch dhyan nahin tha". His reputation as a ghazal singer was not limited to his hometown of Lucknow, but it reached the city that proved to shape his destiny - Calcutta. The then famous ghazal singers were Ustad Barkat Ali Khan, K.L. Saigal and M.A.

Rauf. The classical songs he sang were " Sapnon Ki Suhaani Duniyaa Ko " for film Shiqast and " Laage Tose Naina " for Chaandi Ki Deewar. In 1944 came the hit "Tasveer teri dil mera behela na sakegi". Its popularity was so phenomenal and unrivalled that even today it remains one of the top selling non-film discs[citation needed]. This disc brought Talat fame throughout India and soon he was beckoned by the Calcutta film industry.

Talat made cameo appearances and starred in about 16 movies, for both the Calcutta Film Industry (hub of the 1940s) and Bollywood. The three movies in which he starred were regional hits in Calcutta. In 1949 Talat moved to Bombay, to sing for the Bombay film industry -- Bollywood. His name and fame had already preceded him and soon he was flooded with offers. His big break came with the song "Ae dil mujhe aisi jagha le chal jahan koi na ho" composed by music-composer Anil Biswas for the soundtrack of the movie "Arzoo".

The song was successful and ensured the box-office success of the movie. Even though Talat sang hundreds of hits, some of his most memorable songs from Hindi cinema are; Humse aaya na gaya - Dekh Kabira Roya (1957) Jayen to jayen kahan - Taxi Driver (1954) Tasveer banata hoon - Baradari (1955) Dil-E-Nadaan tujhe hua kya hai - Mirza Ghalib (1954) Sham-E-Gham ki qassam - Foothpath (1953) Jalte hain jiske liye - Sujata (1959) Meri yaad me tum na - Madhosh (1951) Phir wohi sham wohi gam - Jahan Aara (1964) Aye mere dil kahi aur chal - Daag (1952) Talat was a handsome man and a good singer, which prompted movie producers to try him as an actor. The handsome young Ghazal king did not go unnoticed by the film producers, who besieged him with offers to act in their films. Talat was to finally accept 13 films with top heroines like Nutan, Mala Sinha, Suraiya and others before he decided that acting was not his forte. Talat gave up acting to concentrate on singing. Talat acted in the following Hindi films [1]: Film NameYearOpposite Rajlaxmi1945Kananbala Tum Aur Main1947Kanandevi Samapti1949Bharti Devi Araam1951Madhubala, Dev Anand Dil-e-Nadaan1953Shyama, Peace Kanwal Daak Babu1954Nadira Waris1954Suraiya, Nadira Raftaar1955Nadira Diwali ki Raat1956Roopmala, Shashikala Ek Gaon ki Kahani1957Mala Sinha Lala Rukh1958Shyama Maalik1958Suraiya Sone ki Chidiya1958Nutan he advent of rock-n-roll in the late 1960s sidelined singers like Talat.

As long as he was top box-office draw, the movie producers insisted on including his songs in their movies. Talat's velvety vocals posed a special challenge to the music-composers, most of whom leaned towards the deep baritones of Mohammad Rafi and Mukesh. The resultant demise of his movie career led to the decline of his singing career. At the same time, the social changes and happiness brought about by increasing prosperity in India meant that blue mood ghazals and heart-rending ballads were not popular any more.

Talat continued to record good songs, but less in number. His last soundtrack recording, in 1985, is the song "Mere Shreek-e-Safar", a duet sung with Miss Hemlata, from the movie "Wali-e-Azam" composed by Chitragupt and written by Ahmed Wasi. However, Talat who was the first Indian singer to go on a foreign concert tour in 1956 to East Africa found eager fans awaiting his arrival in foreign countries. Talat found packed audiences in the United States, the UK, West Indies and other countries where he packed big halls such as the Royal Albert Hall in London, Madison Square Garden in the States and Jean Pierre Complex in the West Indies. He continued singing to packed auditoriums until 1991 when he toured Holland.

Talat sang about 800 songs in his long career. His songs are as popular with his fans as they were the day these were released. People who remember Talat describe his nature as a quiet one. He is often described as a decent man, as his voice reflected that decency and sense of calm. Music directors who worked with him claimed that when one would listen to him, you would get the feeling that he was a soft-hearted man.

As Naushad aptly reflects about Talat; "Because one's character reflects one's art too"[citation needed]. Talat actively sang approximately 800 songs spread over 4 decades (between the 40s-80s). Some of the most popular work of Talat is available even today; Golden Collection of Talat Mahmood (CD 131015-16) Talat Mahmood in a Sentimental Mood (CD 132335) Evergreen Hits of Talat Mahmood (CD 132017) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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