The first ever Ghazal ensemble brought to South Africa by Inner Circle Entertainment heralded a star studded event mirroring the near wintry evening-skies of Johannesburg. It was something I have been looking forward to ever since I have seen the promos, thanks to Nisaar Bhai. Having heard Ustad Shujaat Khan on a previous concert before I was curious as to what he was going to bring to the Ghazal genre. Surinder Khan was an absolute new voice for me, hearing only a snippet of what he has done, the excitement built up.
As the summer rains jolted down from its heavenly abode, the smell of the moist earth tantalised the senses. Approaching the Lyric Theatre, my window wide open, taking in the atmosphere, my thoughts rush to the concert I am about to witness. We were introduced to Ustad Zakir and Rakesh Chaurasia, a standing ovation with a thunderous applause ensued.
Razia Sultan was Khayyam’s masterpiece and while he had many other melodious soundtracks, this one stands the test of time, the fates of melody and the greats of them all. Khayyam, the music composer remained dedicated to Kamal Amrohi’s vision and provided a beauty of a soundtrack.
Pakeezah literally translates into ‘Pure One’, and if by some magical way one has to describe the music of this film, then “Pakeezah” truly is apt.
The warm winter’s afternoon got me revved up for the evening performance, the knowledge of five generations of sitar players and that lineage proudly played out at the Lyric theatre on the evening of the 30th July 2017.
It was a night that has been etched into my heart and memory, full of spring, and new awakenings.
S S Rajamouli is a great story teller. He infuses so much of passion into Baahubali 1 & 2 that it is almost unthinkable, to even imagine how such a film got made.
Not knowing what to expect when I played the CD, only knowing the genre and that this might be a more ‘Classical’ Rock fusion, I was amazed at the precision of singers. The detail which they give the Raags in these 4-5 minutes is an achievement on its own.
I watched S. S. Rajamouli’s Maghadheera and Eega before this one, and I must say with Baahubali, he really outdoes himself.
There are many iterations of Devdas all over Bollywood, and Anmol Ghadi is also one of them. The writers just switched Devdas and Paro’s affluence; in what results in an overly melodramatic adaptation.
Now having watched Highway after Tamasha, I cannot simply dismiss the cinema that Imtiaz Ali makes. I will make it a point to never miss his movies at the cinema.
Satyajit Ray is truly a master story teller; Pather Panchali cements this sentiment; it is a sensitive film about relationships and life itself. The reality that is shown in this movie is scary, it’s like Ray was just filming a common family and showing the world what goes on in some corners of the world, which they probably never thought existed.