Updated : Tuesday April 21 , 2009 6:08:30 PM
LAHORE: Renowned Ghazal singer of the sub-continent, Iqbal Bano, passed away in a local hospital here Tuesday, reported ARY OneWorld.
Bano, 74, was born in 1935 in Delhi, India and earned her name as a singer of both classical and modern ghazals.
In Delhi, she studied under Ustad Chaand Khan of the Delhi Gharana, an expert in all kinds of pure classical and light classical forms of vocal music. Khan instructed her in pure classical music and light classical music within the framework of classical forms of thumri and dadra.
She was duly initiated Gaandaabandh shagird of her Ustad. He forwarded her to All India Radio, Delhi, where she sang on the radio.
In 1952, a zamindaar from Pakistan married seventeen-year-old Iqbal Bano with a promise that he would never stop her music, but try to promote her. He fulfilled his promise until his death in 1980.
After her husband passed away, Bano moved to Garden Town, Lahore and stayed there till her death. It was observed that her temperament was particularly suited to vocal genres like thumri, dadra and ghazal.
She was considered a specialist in singing the works of Faiz Ahmed Faiz. She has given such musical relevance to the ghazals of Faiz, that Bano and Faiz are apparently inseparable in popular imagination. Because of Faiz's imprisonment and hatred of the Pakistani Government towards him, Bano roused a strong crowd of 50,000 people in Lahore by singing his passionate Urdu nazm, "Hum Dekhenge."
She provided soundtrack songs for famous Urdu films like Gumnaam (1954), Qatil (1955), Inteqaam (1955), Sarfarosh (1956), Ishq-e-Laila (1957), and Nagin (1959). She won the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Pride of Performance) medal in 1974 for her contributions to the world of Pakistani music.
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