Secrets Of The Velvet Voiced Singer- Talat Mahmood

There has never been a singer in Bollywood other than Talat Mahmood, who’s voice has been described as velvety and silky. People say that his songs perfectly describe pain and longing. His singing is at times also said to be the appropriate summation of Shelley’s powerful words, “the pleasure that is in sorrow is sweeter than the pleasure of pleasure itself”.

Talat Ji made us perceive ghazals in a different light. Whenever we talk of Talat Mahmood, Anil Biswas immediately pops into our head.

Who Moulded Talat Mahmood’s Career?

Talat Mahmood With His Mentor Anil Biswas
Talat Mahmood & Anil Biswas

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Anil Biswas, an established music director in the Hindi Film Industry in those days, who moulded the careers of Lata, Kishore and innumerable other prominent singers, was said to have recognised Talat ji’s talent. Talat had a quivering voice which he himself did not like. Once when Anil asked him to sing, he tried changing his voice, to which Anil remarked that you don’t need to change your voice, your original voice has such an amazing texture that you are sure to reach great heights if you sing in your own voice.

Going Against His Family To Fulfill His Dreams

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Talat Saab hailed from Lucknow and his Urdu pronunciation was the plus point for him to sing in the Bollywood Music industry. Being from Lucknow, he was also the perfect gentleman in every sense of the word. Most of the leading actors loved his personality and respected him.

He belonged to an orthodox family who didn’t support his love for music and singing. So, he went out to make a fortune for himself in the world of music. He got a chance to sing for films in Calcutta, where he sang under the name Tapan Kumar.

After seeing his accomplishments, his family began to support him and asked him to study music, so he joined Marris College of Music, Lucknow (presently Bhatkhande Music Institute). He did not perform well in theory but he excelled in the practicals.

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There are many such stories from the life of this singer who had a mushy voice that sounded like the rustling of silk or the muffling of a broken heart.

We have created TMK 262, the Silky Voice Of Talat Mahmood as a tribute to his work. This Teen Maar Khan game includes some of his best songs. Install the app to play it and enjoy Gaana Pehchaana with your friends and family.

Here, we’ll be talking about some of his finest songs.

Mera Qarar Leja Mujhe Beqarar Karja (1952)

Mera Qarar Leja Mujhe Beqarar Karja Song

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Music: Madan Mohan

Lyrics: Rajinder Krishan

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Talat Mahmood

Movie: Aashiana

This is one of the best examples of a duet Talat song along with Lata Mangeshkar. In most of his duets, his co-singers get under the shadows of his brilliance as a singer. Even Lata Ji feared singing with him.

Madan Ji composed a great piece of music. The song can be watched in black and white, but the setting is in a hilly region where two lovers who have loved each other since childhood dedicate this melody to each other.

Sapno Ki Suhani Duniya Ko (1953)

Sapno Ki Suhani Duniya Song

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Music: Shankar- Jaikishan

Lyrics: Shailendra

Singers: Talat Mahmood

Movie: Shikhast

This mellow number belonged to a bygone era when music was perceived in a different way and true melody ruled the day.

Talat ji sang many songs for the handsome hero Dilip Kumar, which brought him to glory. This one composed by Shankar-Jaikishan and written by Shailendra is considered to be a true gem by Talat Mahmood.

Zindagi Denewale Sun Teri Duniya Se Dil Bhar Gaya (1953)

Zindagi Denewale Sun Teri Duniya Se Dil Bhar Gaya

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Music: Ghulam Mohammad

Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni

Singer: Talat Mahmood 

Movie: Dil-E-Nadan

In the beginning, the song makes use of some Western stringed instruments before the track melts into Raaga Bhoop.

It was the most notable track in Dil-e-Nadan and Ghulam Mohammad received a lot of appreciation for it. Shakeel Saab wrote beautifully and it is a favourite by Talat for many music lovers. Talat was also the hero in this film and looked quite appealing.

Hain Sabse Madhur Woh Geet (1953)

Hai Sabse Madhur Wo Geet Gaana Pehchaana

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Music: Shankar-Jaikishan

Lyrics: Shailendra

Singer: Talat Mahmood

Movie: Patita

Shailendra was inspired for the lyrics of this song from Percy Byshee Shelley’s memorable lines “Our Sweetest Songs are those that tell of saddest thought.”

The music justifies the situation in the song that shows a man consoling a problem stricken, broken woman who had been defeated in life. Talat Mahmood’s singing deserves applause and would give you goosebumps. These songs are immortal and have a special place in the history of Bollywood Music.

Jayen To Jayen Kahan (1954)

Jayen To Jayen Kaha Gaana Pehchaana

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Music: S.D Burman

Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Talat Mahmood

Movie: Taxi Driver (Trivia: Dev Anand married his wife during a lunch break while shooting for Taxi Driver)

A mellow, sweet track that will actually transport you to the 1950’s. S.D Burman won Filmfare for the Talat Mahmood version of this song.

The song is a melancholic one and brings out the feelings of a man who seems to be lost in life. Talat Ji was known all over India and in many countries of the world for singing ghazals of this kind, which was different from the traditional ghazals.

Jalte Hain Jiske Liye (1959)

Jalte Hai Jiske Liye Song

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Music: S.D Burman

Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri

Singer: Talat Mahmood

Movie: Sujata

If ever there was a Talat Mahmood song that ruled over millions of hearts for decades, then it has to be this one. It is phenomenal.

Majrooh Sultanpuri’s lyrics dive into the depths of emotions and S. D Burman’s composition brought to life by Talat’s soft voice still haunts us. The Harmonium could never complement any song with as much finesse as this one. It is magical and remained on top of the Binaca Geetmala charts for the longest time.

Tum To Dil Ke Taar Chhed Kar (1961)

Tum To Dil Ke Taar Ched Kar Song

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Music: Shankar- Jaikishan

Lyrics: Shailendra

Singers: Talat Mahmood

Movie: Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja

The “Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja” movie was a great one but it did not become a massive hit. The storyline about a pilgrimage, the music, compositions, lyrics as well as the acting was the best. The best of all was Talat Mahmood singing this beautiful strain, which was the bonus point about the film.

It is a heart melting Talat Mahmood track that will give you a fuzzy feeling long after you finish listening to it.

Was Talat Mahmood Also An Actor?

Talat Mahmood As An Actor
Talat Mahmood As An Actor

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Talat Mahmood also tried his luck in acting and got the opportunity because of his good looks. He delivered many hits but his acting stint didn’t last for long.

How Talat Mahmood Melted Into Oblivion?

Talat Mahmood In Mauritius
Van Shipley (the famous guitarist), Talat Mahmood and Enoch Daniels (the famous accordionist)

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Once composer Naushad saw him smoking and told him to stop it as it would ruin his god-gifted voice, but he didn’t. With time, his style of ghazals were replaced by peppy pop numbers and his dominance in the industry began fading away.

Later on Pankaj Udhas, Jagjit Singh, Ghulam Ali and some other Bollywood Ghazal singers followed in his footsteps.

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Over the years, the Bollywood culture and Bollywood songs have changed a lot. We have always been more focused on the actors and the storyline, that makes us forget about the good songs from the films.

Musical gems like Talat Mahmood Ji and his songs seem to just be a part of our glorious musical history. His songs are slowly being forgotten. Gaana Pehchaana tries to bring to limelight the efforts of all the singers, musicians, lyricists and instrumentalists from every decade, who deserve as much appreciation as the movie or the actors.

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Eyes are the mirror to the soul and Aankhen, Nigaahen, Nazar, Naina songs are the mirror to the Bollywood Music industry.

In our last blog on eyes, we couldn’t include every eye song that came to our mind, there are so many more all-time favourite eye melodies that will make you nostalgic and refresh your mood anytime you listen to them.

Let’s get to know everything about these mood-lifting songs and don’t forget to play the 3 top-favourite musical games Teen Maar Khan, Bhagam Bhag and Aur Sunao on the Gaana Pehchaana app.

Secret Eye To Eye Conversations In -Aankhon Hi Aankhon Mein Ishara (1956)

Aankhon Hi Aankhon Mein Ishara Ho Gaya Gaana Pehchaana

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Music: O.P. Nayyar

Lyrics: Jaan Nisar Akhtar

Singer: Geeta Dutt

Movie: C.I.D

Who doesn’t enjoy this evergreen classic from C.I.D? It is one of O.P Nayyar’s finest compositions till date. It was a high-tech thriller and one of the finest thrillers released in Bollywood during those days. Geeta Dutt stole our hearts with this heartfelt number. Dev Anand and Shakila steal the credits through their eye games, kiddish fun and superb acting in the Guru Dutt film C.I.D.

Arrow Like Gorgeous Eyes Piercing The Heart In O Nigahen Mastana (1957)

O Nigahen Mastana Gaana Pehchaana

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Music: Sachin Dev Burman

Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri

Singers: Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar

Movie: Paying Guest

Songs like “O Nigahen Mastana”, “Chod Do Aanchal” and “Mana Janab Ne Pukara Nahi” from the 1957 “Paying Guest” album became blockbuster hits. Till today these songs can be heard at most Indian parties, but unfortunately, the Musician, lyricist and the singers did not get applauded for their songs as much as the stars who acted in the film. These songs are really precious and need to be treasured, as we won’t be able to come across such songs any more.

I Live & Die Under The Shadow Of Your Eyes In Teri Aankhon Ke Siwa Duniya Mein Rakha Kya Hai (1969)

Teri Aankhon Ke Siva Gaana Pehchaana

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Music: Madan Mohan

Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi

Movie: Chiraag

This amazing track brings to mind Asha Parekh and Sunil Dutt’s romantic exchange of glances where Sunil Dutt can be seen singing “Ye uthe subah chale, ye jhuke shaam dhale” dedicating it to Asha Parekh’s gorgeous eyes.

Raj Khosla, the director of Chiraag wanted Majrooh Sultanpuri to borrow a few lines from Faiz’s poetry for “Teri Aankhon Ke Siwa”, so Sultanpuri used some of the lines after seeking proper permission. It’s a heart melting number that can still make you go weak in the knees.

Let The Love Remain Unnamed In Humne Dekhi Hai In Aankhon Ki Mehakti Khushboo (1970)

Dekhi Hai In Aankhon Ki Mehakti Khushboo Gaana Pehchaana

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Music: Hemant Kumar

Lyrics: Gulzar

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar

Movie: Khamoshi

An Aankhein song with deep emotions. This song is about Waheeda Rehman getting attached to her patients as she serves them as a nurse. Hemant Kumar, as we know, gave some of the best compositions to Bollywood. Gulzar’s words exude deep meaning and Lata Mangeshkar turned this melody into an iconic one. True Hindi Film Music lovers still enjoy listening to this mellifluous melody.

The Secret In Your Eyes Speaks Of Your Beauty In Aap Ki Aankhon Mein Kuch (1978)

Aap Ki Aankhon Mein Kuch Mehke Hue Se Raaz Hai

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Music: R.D Burman

Lyrics: Gulzar

Singers: Kishore Kumar Lata Mangeshkar

Movie: Ghar

This is an epic number from the all-time favourite Rekha and Vinod Mehra starrer “Ghar”. R.D Burman created magic and Gulzar created the spine of the song that was wonderfully sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar. 

Kishore Kumar was said to have wrongly sung Gulzar’s words “Jab Hile” as “Lab Hile”, but it was released with Lab Hile and the mistake was accepted. People remember the film and the acting but without the music this epic drama and the amazing storyline could not have been expressed this way.

I Love Your Eyes More Than My Life In Humko To Jaan Se Pyari Hai Tumhari Aankhen (1973)

Humko To Jaan Se Bhi Pyari Hai Tumhari Aankhen GaanaP

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Music: Shankar Jaikishan

Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri

Singer: Mohd Rafi

Movie: Naina

Humko To Jaan Se Pyari Hai Tumhari Aankhein is from the 1973 film named Naina which again means eyes. Well, Shashi Kapoor can be seen all smitten by Moushumi Chatterjee’s gorgeous eyes. Her eyes look glamorous and they are also in a beautiful shade.

He woos her the way most Bollywood heroes do and it makes the both of them look amazing with the mind blowing European architecture in the background.

Mohd Rafi was even nominated for Filmfare for the Best Male Playback singer and Shankar Jaikishan as well as Hasrat Jaipuri were lauded with appreciation, which acted as a ladder to success in their journey.

Lamp Of Dreams Burning In Your Eyes In Roz Roz Aankhon Tale- (1986)

Roz Roz Aankhon Tale Gaana Pehchaana

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Music: R.D Burman

Lyrics: Gulzar

Singer: Asha Bhosle, Amit Kumar

Movie: Jeeva

This R.D Burman composition penned down by Gulzar has always been a true masterpiece by Asha ji and Amit ji. The song is all about new dreams shining in somebody’s eyes and Sanjay Dutt, Mandakini shone on the screen because of their impeccable acting and our highly talented musicians. These songs belong to the days of yore when songs dedicated to the heroine’s eyes were depicted in a different way.

What’s The Fault Of The Eyes That It’s Smitten By A Pretty Face In Naina Da Kya Kasoor (2018)

Naina Da Kya Kasoor Gaana Pehchaana

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Music: Amit Trivedi 

Lyrics: Jaideep Sahni

Singer: Amit Trivedi

Movie: Andhadhun

This track and the entire album received positive reviews from music critics. Some even said that it has an old world charm to it that cannot be anymore found in today’s songs. The tune is all about the magic of piano. The piano depicts Ayushman Khurana’s moods throughout the song as he is seen playing the piano.

Amit Trivedi got all thumbs up for his attempt at composing as well as singing this song. Jaideep Sahni did a brilliant job with the lyrics. We even loved Radhika Apte’s role in the film and her portrayal in this number.

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Which of these songs would you dedicate to your beloved? Or which of these is your favourite? Comment below.

Hope we were able to inform you about these songs and all the people who helped make these songs such big hits, the directors, lyricists, singers, instrumentalists and the actors who shone on screen. Next time you play some musical game in which you need to sing aankhein, naina, nigah or nazrein songs, you can check out these blogs. You should also try out the Teen Maar Khan, Bhagam Bhag and Aur Sunao games on our app as well as participate in Live Gaming Sessions. Install the app and enjoy everything that Gaana Pehchaana has to offer!

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