Romance of the Ghazal

5th November 2015, Thursday

There were no lack of claps as Jawad Askari bowed at the end of his performance. Indeed, Gyaan Adab and her patrons stood transfixed as Jawad Askari began the most charming of evenings belting an ode to the Centre and the magic it spreads. What followed was an hour of an extraordinary evening that delighted everyone present. One part that stood out was when after a certain ghazal, Jagjit Singh's Hoto ko chulo tum... were heard. The evergreen lyrics brought out a sense of divinity into the occasion, marking the greatness of both the song and the singer. The event was further made soothing with the accompanying tabla and piano instruments.

About the performer

17Born and brought up in Mumbai, Jawad Askari hails from an Iranian family. He found his calling in Urdu literature and has never stopped enjoying the language in every way possible. It lured him towards music as well and he learnt the art of creating and maintaining ‘sur’. His guru was Ustaad Taj Ahmed Khan, renowned mostly amongst the top class classical singers of India. He has also learnt the art of Persian and Urdu calligraphy and has served 14 years in Hong Kong in different legal government sectors as an Urdu-Persian-Hindi-English (Supreme Court) registered court interpreter.

 

The Centre was jam-packed as lovers of Urdu and ghazals gathered!

The Centre was jam-packed as lovers of Urdu and ghazals gathered!

Though today, people barely listen to the ghazals of Meer, Jigar or Iqbal, the ghazal as a form is still well loved.

Though today, people barely listen to the ghazals of Meer, Jigar or Iqbal, the ghazal as a form is still well loved.

The celebrated Jawad Askari continues the tradition and reaches out to one and all with his renditions of ghazals.

The celebrated Jawad Askari continues the tradition and reaches out to one and all with his renditions of ghazals.

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