The Mehfil Group of Toronto in association with Toronto Musical Group (TMG) presented a sold out Sham-e-Ghazal event last Saturday. Around 200 hundred ghazal fans from across the GTA enjoyed each and every filmi and non-filmi ghazlas presented very talented local during a concert that was 2 ½ hours long.
Firoz Khan, president of Mehfil Group welcomed guests and said that ghazals were very popular in 70s and 80s, but faded with the spread of Western pop music. Defining ghazal he said it is a form of conversation between lovers.
In ghazals you will find every colour of the life. It has Maikhana, Saqui, Paimana, Meeting of Two souls, Grief of separation and many more. He further said the best form of the ghazal is when it is written or rendered spiritually.
And when ghazal mixup with music it becomes a part of culture.
The Mehfil Group was founded in 2004 with the aim of providing affordable entertainment.
Shaz Jahangir beautifully rendered ‘Kabhi kisi ko,’ ‘Manzilen apni jagah hai, ‘Hoton se chhu lo tum,’ and ‘La pila de saaqia.’ Himani sang, Mujh se pehli si muhabbat’ and ‘In ankhon ki masti ke.’ Dolly Uppal renedered ‘Ai Malik tere bande ham,’ and ‘Jurme ulfat pe.’ Rajiv Sood in his mesmarising voice rendered ‘ Ai ghame dil kya karun,’ ‘ Mohabbat hi na jo samjhe,’ ‘Tasveer banata hun’ and ‘Shame gham ki kasam.’ Faisal Motiwala sang,’Tum ko dekha to’ and ‘Jhuki jhuki si nazar.’ Meena renederd ever green ghazal ‘Hum pyar men jalanewalon ko and Sadiqu sang yet another ever green ghazal ‘Mere Mehboob tujhe’ and ‘Hoshwalon ko khabar kya.’
It is hoped that concerts like this will acquaint new listeners from a generation that has lost touch with ghazals. – CINEWS