Ghazal Singers

A ghazal singer may refer to any kind of singer who is involved in the singing of poetic couplets that have spiritual and rhythmical undertones. Ghazal singers sing songs that are inspired by the themes of love, pain, separation or spirituality. Ghazal singing is one of the most ancient practices that originated in the 6th century from the Arabic verses and was one of the main forms of poetic expressions of the Indo-Persian-Arabic civilization. The influence of ghazal music rapidly grew and expanded during the 12th century in the South Asian region of the world. Ghazal singers thus make use of this poetic form of music that is derived from Arabic, Urdu, Turkish and Persian languages. Many earlier singers of ghazal music were trained in Khayaal and Thumri style of music. The magical amalgamation of poetic lyrics, melodious voices and spiritual undertones has made ghazal singers one of the most sought after icons in the music industry of the 21st century. Ghazal singing is becoming a popular genre in the music industry. For more information about famous ghazal singers, continue to read their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history to discover and explore fascinating details about their life.

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 1 Noor Jehan

Noor Jehan
Famous As: Singer and Actress
Birthdate: September 21, 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Pakistani
Died: December 23, 2000

Noor Jehan was a Pakistani actress and playback singer. In a career spanning over 60 years, she is estimated to have sung around 20,000 songs. One of the most important Pakistani singers of all time, Noor Jehan is also widely regarded as one of the most influential and greatest South Asian singers of all time.

 2 Jagjit Singh

Jagjit Singh
Famous As: Ghazal Singer
Birthdate: February 8, 1941
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Indian
Died: October 10, 2011

 3 Mehdi Hassan

Mehdi Hassan
Famous As: Ghazal Singer
Birthdate: July 18, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Pakistani
Died: June 13, 2012

Mehdi Hassan was a Pakistani ghazal singer and playback singer for Lollywood. He is considered to be one of the greatest figures in the history of ghazal singing and is referred to as the "Shahenshah-e-Ghazal" (Emperor of Ghazal). An influential figure in the Pakistani film industry, he sang and composed music for an estimated 300 films.

 4 Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Famous As: Qawwal and Ghazal Singer
Birthdate: October 13, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Pakistani
Died: August 16, 1997
Pakistani Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, also known as the "Shahenshah-e-Qawwali," belonged to the Patiala “gharana” of classical music. He revolutionized Qawwali, even collaborating with Western artists and composing for Hollywood movies such as Dead Man Walking and The Last Temptation of Christ, and many Hindi movies, too.
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 5 Abida Parveen

Abida Parveen
Famous As: Ghazal Singer
Birthdate: 1954 AD
Nationality: Pakistani
One of the highest-paid Pakistani singers, Abida Parveen has redefined the Sufi music genre with her soulful renditions of tracks such as Yaar ko Humne. Known for her powerful voice, Abida has made her signature flowing curls, her robes, and her ajrak scarves a style statement.

 6 Begum Akhtar

Begum Akhtar
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 7, 1914
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian
Died: October 30, 1974

 7 Iqbal Bano

Iqbal Bano
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: 1935 AD
Nationality: Pakistani
Died: April 21, 2009
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