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.
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.