Ghazal Singers

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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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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
(Qawwal and Ghazal Singer)
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
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Birthdate: October 13, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Faisalabad
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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Jagjit Singh
(Ghazal Singer)
Jagjit Singh
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Birthdate: February 8, 1941
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sri Ganganagar
Died: October 10, 2011

Jagjit Singh was an Indian singer, musician, and composer. Nicknamed King of Ghazals, Jagjit Singh is credited with reviving and popularizing an Indian classical art form called ghazal. Regarded as one of the most influential artists in India, Singh was honored with India's third-highest civilian award Padma Bhushan in 2003.  He was also honored with other awards like Lata Mangeshkar Samman.

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Noor Jehan
(Singer and Actress)
Noor Jehan
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Birthdate: September 21, 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kasur
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.

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K. L. Saigal
(First Superstar of Hindi Cinema Revered and Idolised for Both His Singing and Acting Styles)
K. L. Saigal
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Birthdate: April 11, 1904
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kashmir, India
Died: January 18, 1947
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Mehdi Hassan
(Ghazal Singer)
Mehdi Hassan
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Birthdate: July 18, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Luna
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.

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Abida Parveen
(Ghazal Singer)
Abida Parveen
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Birthdate: 1954 AD
Birthplace: Larkana
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.
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Begum Akhtar
(Singer)
Begum Akhtar
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Birthdate: October 7, 1914
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bhadarsa
Died: October 30, 1974
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Runa Laila
(Bangladeshi Playback Singer)
Runa Laila
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Birthdate: November 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sylhet, Bangladesh

Popular Bangladeshi singer Runa Laila began her career as a Pakistani film singer. She later released some of the biggest hits of the Bengali and Hindi music scene, such as Shaadher Lau. The Bangladesh National Film Award winner is also a Guinness record holder for recording 30 songs in 3 days.

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Mohammad Hussain Sarahang
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Birthdate: 1924 AD
Birthplace: Kharabat, Kabul, Afghanistan
Died: 1983 AD
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Iqbal Bano
(Pakistani Ghazal Singer Best Remembered for Her Classical Thumris and Semi-Classical Ghazal Songs)
Iqbal Bano
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Birthdate: 1935 AD
Birthplace: Delhi, India
Died: April 21, 2009

Iqbal Bano was a Pakistani ghazal singer best remembered for her classical thumris and semi-classical ghazal songs. She was renowned for singing the ghazals of the Lenin Prize-winning poet, Faiz Ahmed Faiz. In 1974, Iqbal Bano was honored with the prestigious Presidential Pride of Performance Award for her contribution to music. 

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Ahmad Wali
(Singer)
Ahmad Wali
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Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan
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Zahir Howaida
(Musician, Singer)
Zahir Howaida
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Birthdate: February 28, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dai Zangi, Waras, Afghanistan
Died: March 5, 2012
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Mahwash
(Singer)
Mahwash
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Birthdate: 1947 AD
Birthplace: Karte chaar Kabul, Afghanistan
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Qamar Gula
(Singer)
Qamar Gula
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Birthplace: Nangarhar, Afghanistan
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Rahim Bakhsh
(Singer)
Rahim Bakhsh
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Birthdate: 1920 AD
Birthplace: Kharabat, Kabul
Died: 2002 AD