MUMBAI: An ode from a music maestro to his legends. Music virtuoso Gulzar Saab has released ‘Tera Bayaan Ghalib’, where the genius has recited letters and ghazals of legendary Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib. With Gulzar saab reading portions of letters, the album has music & ghazals by late music luminary Jagjit Singh.
The album launched by Saregama is also a tribute dedicated to the fond memories of Jagjit Singh. Present at the occasion were actor Vidya Balan, singers Anup Jalota, Rekha Bharadwaj, Bhupinder & Mitali Singh, Talat Aziz, Raageshwari, Salim Arif and others.
The album begins with a poem by Gulzar Saab which he wrote as a personal tribute after Jagjit Singh passed away. Gulzaar saab is the voice of Ghalib, while the album is conceived and scripted by Salim Arif. Urdu letters of Ghalib written to his friends, pupils and benefactors became a ready source to provide a glimpse into the personality of the legend. This heritage of Urdu literature constitutes a body of work that documents his times and concerns as well as throws light on his state that leads to his poetic manifestations.
In 2011, Jagjit Singh turned 70 with one of his wishes, which was to revisit Ghalib and create a new album that should be something more than just compilation of his Ghazals. The album that was to be a celebration of Jagjit Singh’s 70th year – what was conceived as a commemorative album with a concert in Ballimaran house of Ghalib on his birthday in old Delhi in December end 2011,has now become a humble homage and tribute to him.
Saregama India business head-music Adarsh Gupta said, “Mirza-Ghalib is considered to be the father of modern Urdu prose and the unparalleled icon of poetry. This album has two iconic legends of our times, Jagjitji and Gulzar Saab creating an experience devoted to the legacy of Ghalib. With Jagjitji’s everlasting music and voice and Gulzaar saab reciting Ghalib’s works, ‘Tera Bayaan Ghalib’, is an absolute must for all the ghazal afficandos.”
At the event, everyone got emotional as Gulzar dedicated this poem to Jagjit Singh: “Ek bauchhar tha wo shakhs bina barse kisi abra ki sahami se nami se jo bhigo deta tha. Gali qasim se chali ek ghazal ki jhankaar tha wo ek awaaz ki bauchhar tha wo”
The launch of Gulzar’s musical dedication to the legendary poet Mirza Ghalib and late singer Jagjit Singh wasn’t a typical filmy event. It was more like a family gathering, albeit in the presence of the media. Tera Bayaan Ghalib was the brainchild of renowned theatre persona Salim Arif. Tera Bayaan… is a collection of letters and ghazals written by Ghalib, recorded in the voice of Gulzar and Jagjit. The album was supposed to be the late singer’s birthday gift, but his sudden demise last year changed the scheme of things. Tera Bayaan… was initially supposed to be shelved, as Jagjit hadn’t recorded the new ghazals for the album, but Gulzar and Arif didn’t want his last wish to remain unfulfilled.