Khalid Mahmood, singer son of the great Singing Legend
Talat Mahmood, welcomes you to his website in memory of his legendary father.
800 rare photographs, fact file, press clips, complete songs list and tons of
nostalgic memorabilia, all from the personal collection of the 'King Of Ghazals' himself, this website
promises to be a treasure trove for all Talat Mahmood fans!
With millions of hits every year from fans all around the world, this is easily one of the most
popular websites since 1998 on the internet today. So take a walk down
memory lane with
‘Shahenshah E Ghazal’ Talat Mahmood……
A GOLDEN VOICE
'MAN WITH THE GOLDEN VOICE'........
'A PERFECT GENTLEMAN'.........
VOICE OF INDIA'.........
ARE SOME OF THE MANY ACCOLADES SHOWERED ON THE MAN HISTORY KNOWS AS
TALAT MAHMOOD...... AN ENORMOUSLY TALENTED SINGING STAR WHO BECAME A
LEGEND IN HIS LIFETIME !
EVERY SONG THAT TALAT MAHMOOD SANG POSSESSED A HUSHED MAJESTY AND AN
ABIDING GRACE WHICH ARE FOREVER EMBEDDED IN THE HEARTS OF HIS MILLIONS
OF FANS ALL OVER THE WORLD. TALAT MAHMOOD WILL ALWAYS BE
REMEMBERED AS ONE OF THE GREATEST SINGING STARS OF ALL TIMES !!!
'KING OF GHAZALS'
has been honoured
the prestigious and highly respected
by Government of India.
Receiving the highly respected PADMABHUSHAN
President of India Shri
Venkataraman in Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi
At Rashtrapati Bhavan, Delhi
TALAT MAHMOOD (standing at extreme left) with the much in the news ANNA
HAZARE (standing at extreme right). Also in the group one can spot Prime
Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Home Minister S.B. Chavan, Prime Minister
Narasimha Rao, Vice President Shankar Dayal Sharma and President R.
of Ghazals' Talat
Mahmood was born in a highly cultured but conservative family in
Lucknow, India, on Feb. 24, 1924. He was one
amongst six children. Talat showed his musical leanings from a very young age
and would enjoy sitting through all-night music soiree's listening
patiently to some of the biggest names in Indian classical music.
Later, for a very short period of time Talat studied music at Marris
Music College, before people began noticing his natural singing talent and
offers to sing began to pour in.
Mahmood began his music career at the young age of 16 when he began
singing the ghazals of Ghalib, Dagh, Mir and Jigar on All India Radio,
Lucknow. His voice had a quality distinct from all other singers. HMV
was quick to notice this and offered Talat his first disc in 1941, "Sab din ek samaan nahin tha, ban jaoonga kya se kya main, iska
to kuch dhyan nahin tha". Indeed how prophetic were these words.
Little did Talat know that he was soon to rise to become the greatest
name in ghazals on the Indian sub-continent !
1944 came the smash hit "Tasveer teri dil mera behela na sakegi".
It took the country by storm. It's popularity was so phenomenal and
unrivalled that even today it remains one of the biggest non-film
hits! This disc brought Talat fame throughout India and soon he was
beckoned by the Calcutta Film Industry, which was then the premiere
hub of film production in the 40's. Apart from singing many hits,
Talat also acted in the first 3 of his 13 films there - "RAJLAXMI", "TUM
AUR MAIN" and "SAMAPTI".
fate had even bigger things in store for Talat and in 1949 he came to
the Hollywood of India - Mumbai. His name and fame had already preceded
him and people in the Mumbai Film Industry were already aware
of this handsome and talented young singer and soon he was offered the
song "Ae dil mujhe aisi jagha le chal jahan koi na ho"
composed by the then reigning music director Anil Biswas and
picturised on the great Dilip Kumar. The combination was
electrifying ! The record was an overnight success and set the trend
for the filmi ghazal.
Talat Mahmood, the music directors found the perfect voice for ghazals.
His diction and intonation were word perfect. His expressive style and
emotional nuances were unparalleled. The mellowness, sweetness and
pathos in his voice set him apart from all the other singers. Here was
a voice that was fresh ! The style absolutely new !! He
was unanimously hailed as "The King Of Ghazals", a
title he consolidated over the period of years to become the
greatest name in ghazals !!! His film solo's and romantic duets
numbered in hundreds as hit after hit followed. Talat soon grew into
a living legend.
However, the handsome young 'King of Ghazals' did not
go unnoticed by the film producers, who besieged him with offers to
act in their films. Such was Talat's aura, that for his film 'Dil-e-Nadaan',
producer-director A.R. Kardar, launched an 'All India Beauty Contest' to hunt for a beautiful
girl who would play the heroine opposite the young and immensely
talented superstar Talat Mahmood !!! Talat was to finally accept 13 films with top
heroines like Nutan, Mala Sinha, Suraiya, Shyama, Nadira and others before he
decided that acting was not his forte. And hence, Talat gave up
acting to concentrate on singing.
the late 60's the filmi ghazals and good romantic songs gave way to the
electronic rhythms of the disco generation. Disliking the new trend
towards loud meaningless music, Talat decided to cut down his film
singing assignments but continued his non-film ghazal recordings. As
a singer, Talat has already secured a place in history. Over the
years, the King of Ghazals has created a catalogue of songs for
generations to come. His fan following straddles the globe. He strides like a colossus in the field of
ghazals - a KING whose name is surpassed by none !!!
'KING OF GHAZALS'
A SUPERSTAR AMONG
Kumar and Talat Mahmood, two of the greatest and most respected names of the Indian film industry pose for
ALL TIME GREATS !
TALAT, MUKESH, LATA, RAFI
Mahmood & 'comedy king' Johnny
London during concert tour
Roy, Talat Mahmood,
Mohd. Rafi & S.D. Burman
recording for film 'SUJATA'
nightingale Lata Mangeshkar chats with 'King of Ghazals' Talat Mahmood
Dilip Kumar, Talat, Mukesh
backstage at a
Mahmood, Nadira, Suraiya at the premiere of their hit film "WARIS'
with Bengal's heartthrob Uttam Kumar
Bhosle warmly greets
Magnum Opus "Mughal
-e- Azam" producer K.Asif and
Talat Mahmood at a party
Mahmood with Shammi Kapoor at a film premiere
Nayyar, Balraj Sahani,
Talat Mahmood during making of 'Sone Ki Chidiya'
Rehman, Mala Sinha, up and coming star Chand Usmani, 'Jublee Star' Rajender Kumar and Talat
Mahmood at Powai Lake picnic
Motilal & Talat during the shooting of 'MAALIK'
Charismatic cricketing star
Nawab of Pataudi visits
Madan Mohan and Talat during 'SUHAGAN' song recording
Mehdi Hassan pays his respects to the majestic 'Shahenshah e
Ghazal' Talat Mahmood
Talat with 'villain' Pran
Guru of "Beatles"!
Sitarist Ravi Shankar with Ghazal King Talat Mahmood
Two legends come together!
rehearses a song for composer Naushad
Talat Mahmood with his favorite
music director Anil Biswas
comedian Mehmood, tragedy queen Meena Kumari and Talat Mahmood
Shankar-Jaikishan recording with Lata and Talat
for ROOP KI RANI CHORON KA RAJA
Laxmikant-Pyarelal rehearse with Talat
for WOH DIN YAAD KARO
Mohd Rafi and Talat Mahmood with the much
loved and respected Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
Three cheers for the KING!
Jagjit & Chitra
Singh, Bhupinder, Talat Aziz
Pop singers Gary Lawyer, Alisha
Chinai, Ila Arun, Mitali, Nandu Bhende
release of Talat Mahmood's "GHAZAL KE SAAZ UTHAO" was a grand affair!
Old friend Dilip Kumar and his wife Saira Banu were on hand to release the
at a 5 star hotel in Mumbai with the glitterati of the city gracing the
LEGENDS ARE FOREVER !
Sathya Saran, editor of FEMINA
magazine, who hand-picked and groomed Aishwariya Rai, Sushmita Sen,
Yukta Mookhy, Priyanka Chopra - all winners of the Miss Universe and Miss World
Titles, wrote in FILMFARE magazine JULY 1998 :
"Talat Mahmood was the quintessential
romantic. His gentle good looks, his chivalrous manners and his quiet
reclusivity had all the elements of high romance!"
Mega star Talat Mahmood
was mobbed by his fans where ever he went!
Here, on a concert tour, eager fans mob the Ghazal King at the airport
itself. Talat never disappointed them
and always made time for his fans by signing autographs and taking photo's
1979, Talat performed at the world renowned Royal Albert Hall,
London, selling out all tickets
2 weeks before the concert date! Talat was the second playback
singer after Lata Mangeshkar to
be permitted to perform at this historical venue.
Talat waves to a capacity crowd of his
fans after his hugely successful concert.
pack Wembley Centre, London, to hear the King sing!
Every concert of Talat Mahmood anywhere in the world, was always packed to
and not a single seat remained empty at show time. Such was the love of fans
for THE KING!
SHAMMI KAPOOR CORRECTS SOME FACTS!
It is believed by many that it was Mohd Rafi who gave Shammi Kapoor the hit songs of his career with "YAHOO" etc. But Shammi Kapoor himself corrects the facts in the TV documentary "SHAMMI KAPOOR UNPLUGGED - Episode - 52"
Shammi Kapoor states that most people mistakenly believe that it was Mohd Rafi who gave him the hit songs of his career with "YAHOO" etc. But the fact is, that his first hit singer was actually ‘KING OF GHAZALS’ TALAT MAHMOOD throughout the 50's who gave him a host of hit songs in his movies like "THOKAR", "MEMSAHIB", "NAQAAB", "SIPAH SALAR", "MEHBOOBA", "CHOR BAZAAR","LAILA MAJNU" and "MOHAR". Mohd Rafi came into his career much later in the 60 s with YAHOO. Shammi Kapoor says that he was in awe of this majestic and handsome singer who's unique voice in those days was the voice of the greatest actor of all time – DILIP KUMAR
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In the 1982 West Indies Tour by top most Music Directors
Shankar-Jaikishan, inspite of the presence
of such mega stars like Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh, Mala Sinha and
others, it is the 'GHAZAL KING' TALAT MAHMOOD who is the most
prominently featured in all the posters, as the organisers knew
that it is only the magic of his golden voice that will draw
audiences and crowds into the arena!
After the stupendous success of songs in "Ek Gaon Ki Kahani", "Chhaya",
"Usne Kaha Tha",
"Prem Patra" and "Aawaz" the genius of Talat
Mahmood and composer Salil Choudhury once again came together in
1982 to record for Chabi Bharati Film Productions bi-lingual film. TUP TAP BOONDEN BARSEN
in Hindi written by lyricist Anjaan and TUP TAP BRISHTI PODCHE in Bengali were recorded.
Talat's son Khalid, who is a big fan of Salil Choudhury, was also
present at this recording
and has clicked all these photo's
LISTEN TO THE AUDIO TRACK
TALAT MAHMOOD - Tup
tap boonde barse HINDI FILM SONG (1982) music by SALIL CHOUDHURY
TALAT MAHMOOD - Tup
tap brishti podche BENGALI FILM SONG (1982) music by SALIL CHOUDHURY
'MAUSIQAR E AZAM' NAUSHAD ALI (left) and 'SHAHENSHAH
E GHAZAL' TALAT MAHMOOD (right)
sharing a light hearted moment between themselves and enjoying a hearty
Talat and Naushad have worked together first in "BABUL" in which Talat
singing playback for the greatest actor ever, DILIP KUMAR has given huge and
all-time big hits composed by Naushad! Then they came together again in "MAALIK",
a film produced by Naushad's own production house, where singing star TALAT
MAHMOOD was the hero and
SURAIYA was the heroine!
Music Director Naushad says in INDIAN EXPRESS 20.9.81 : "I have a very
high opinion of Talat Mahmood.
He has a fine style. When he sings ghazals it is in his own unique
inimitable sweet style. Sweetness is indispensable
to a proper singing of the ghazal. Besides, he has mastery over the
He knows which words to emphasize and which not to. You will never hear any
lines misread from Talat Mahmood's lips!"
OF INDIA - P.V. NARASIMHA RAO (from 1991 to 1996).
In 1986 is the invitation of P.V. NARASIMHA RAO requesting TALAT
MAHMOOD to attend the wedding of
his son PRABHAKAR RAO. They
were on such close terms!
Listening to Talat's recording "Jaoon
kahan aye aasman' for Film "SAWAAL"
(In foreground) ace recordist Daman Sood, 'KING OF GHAZALS' Talat
Mahmood, music director CK Chauhan
Standing in center is Talat's son Khalid and Nida Fazli on right
LISTEN TO THE AUDIO TRACK
TALAT MAHMOOD - Jaoon kahan aye
aasman SAWAAL recorded in 1983
JETHRO TULL and TALAT MAHMOOD.......
Well known and respected music critic Narender Kusnur
writes in MID-DAY (13/5/02) about 'cult figures', like Elvis Presley,
whose fan following borders on the fanatical and is never ending.
Every new generation re-discovers these icons.
He draws up his own list of "Top 10
Western Musicians With Cult Following" - his list is headed by
Jethro Tull and includes pop
icons The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Jim Reeves and others.
No.1 on his list of "Top 10 Indian Musicians With Cult Following" is
none other than the
'King Of Ghazals'
Talat Mahmood, who he says has a never ending club of ardent
Talat Mahmood on this list are Geeta
Dutt, Begum Akhtar, Mehdi Hassan,
Madan Mohan and others.
'TALAT MAHMOOD SHOW' IN DELHI
Talat Mahmood sings in Delhi to a
packed auditorium and listening to the Shahenshah is the
greatest name ever in Indian cinema Dilip Kumar with wife Saira Banu and
"SUNBEAM", No. 1, PERRY CROSS ROAD, BANDRA WEST, MUMBAI
Talat Mahmood's palatial english styled sea front mansion in the tony suburb of Pali Hill, Bandra!
Talat Mahmood's neighbours within 2 square
miles in this exclusive and much sought after locality were greats like
Dilip Kumar, Rajendra
Rajesh Khanna, Mumtaz, Sunil Dutt etc. and now, none other than the world's
and living legend Sachin Tendulkar has joined this elite list by moving into his own
Dohrab Villa on Perry Cross Road itself
Talat with wife Nasreen and singer son
KHALID MAHMOOD SINGS!
FANS PACKED THE HALLS TO LISTEN TO KHALID MAHMOOD SING HIS LEGENDARY FATHER'S
HITS IN 'EK SHAAM TALAT MAHMOOD KE NAAM' CONCERTS AROUND THE WORLD!!!
SEE THE 2 ALL-NEW FULL
LENGTH VIDEOS BELOW!!!
'EK SHAAM TALAT MAHMOOD KE NAAM'
'EK SHAAM TALAT MAHMOOD KE NAAM'
CLICK HERE TO GO TO VIDEO
KHALID, TALAT MAHMOOD, DILIP KUMAR
KHALID, LATA MANGESHKAR, TALAT MAHMOOD
KHALID WITH CELEBRITIES!!!
Popular singer KHALID MAHMOOD
is at the most exclusive party in town
in the company of superstars, politicians, industrialists and
"THE LEELA HOTEL" PARTY -
Mumbai (JAN 2012)
Thakeray with Khalid Talat Mahmood
Industrialist and SAREGAMA owner Harsh Goenka with Khalid Talat
Minister Praful Patel with Khalid Talat Mahmood
with Khalid Talat Mahmood
Sanjay Khan with Khalid Talat Mahmood
Khalid's wife Ísha Mahmood, owners of "Hotel Leela" Lakshmi
Aushim Nair, Vivek Nair, Amrudha Nair and Khalid Talat Mahmood
Khalid meets Biddu in Mumbai after
Biddu's concert. Biddu is the man who
took India into the Disco Pop age with Nazia Hassan's DISCO DEEWANE and
several International chart toppers like Tina Charles and Carl Douglas
Superstar Salman Khan, actress Priyanka Timmins and singer Khalid Talat
AT SALIM KHAN SAHAB's HOUSE IN BANDRA,
Left to right: V.N. Deshmukh (Mumbai's
ex Director General of Police), Salim Khan and Khalid
Khan sahab told Khalid: "In the early years of my struggling
days, when I had come to Mumbai and had
rented a place very
close to Talat sahab's beautiful bungalow. I would pass by his
house hoping to catch sight
of him sitting in his lawns. Talat
sahab spelt class and I was always a big fan of Talat sahab!"
Both V.N. Deshmukh sahab and Salim Khan sahab were very
appreciative of the fact that Khalid was single handedly,
tirelessly and selflessly carrying on the work of digitally
restoring all of his father Talat Mahmood's work, (audio and video)
and setting up a website for the first time ever on any singer!
Scions of the Film Industry's Legendary
and most popular
Khalid Talat Mahmood and Randhir Raj Kapoor seen at the
only OTTERS CLUB in Mumbai
Andre Timmins (owner of IIFA Awards and famed
for bringing the
reclusive superstar 'MICHEAL JACKSON IN CONCERT' to Mumbai) and
Priyanka Timmins threw a party for their handsome goodlooking son Leslie.
The line of cars outside the restaurant was a mile long - as the glitterati
the city was in attendance!
KHALID HAS APPEARED ON THE TOP NATIONAL
AND INTERNATIONAL TV CHANNELS AND PROGRAMS TALKING ABOUT HIS LEGENDARY
"FLASHBACK - TALAT MAHMOOD" (NEWS-X CHANNEL)
"TOTAL RECALL - SHAMSHAD BEGUM" (TIMES NOW CHANNEL)
"TOTAL RECALL - KHAYYAM" (TIMES NOW CHANNEL)
"SINGING FATHERS SINGING SONS" (STAR TV CHANNEL)
"TOTAL RECALL - GHAZALS" (TIMES NOW CHANNEL)
"REMEMBERING TALAT MAHMOOD" (ZEE TV CHANNEL)
"TOTAL RECALL - TALAT MAHMOOD" (TIMES NOW CHANNEL)
"YAADEN - TALAT MAHMOOD" (DOORDARSHAN CHANNEL)
"TOTAL RECALL - ANIL BISWAS" (TIMES NOW CHANNEL)
'KING OF GHAZALS' - TALAT MAHMOOD
( NDTV CHANNEL)
"MUSIC DIRECTOR KHAIYAM"
'YAADEN - TALAT MAHMOOD'
BJP leader Shri
L.K. Advani ji's daughter Pratibha Advani's personal letter of
thanks to Khalid with a presentation of the master copy of the
video 'YAADEN - TALAT MAHMOOD'.
Khalid had accompanied his father to Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi
in 1994, where his father 'KING OF GHAZALS' Talat Mahmood was to
receive the prestigious Padmabhushan Award from the President Of
India. Congratulating Talat Mahmood at Rashrapati Bhavan L.K.
Advani ji told Talat "Talat ji, all of us are your big fans, but
the biggest fan of yours in my family is my daughter Pratibha!"
He called Pratibha over and she was thrilled to get Talat to
sign his autograph in her personal diary!
"YAADEN - TALAT MAHMOOD" produced and anchored by Pratibha
Advani in 2005 has been called one of the most complete,
endearing and heartfelt documentaries on the 'KING OF GHAZALS'
Talat Mahmood. Pratibha then also sent a personal invitation
requesting Khalid to join her in Mumbai in Grand Hyatt Hotel for
drinks and dinner in the company of BJP bigwigs and media giants
like Prasoon Joshi, stars like Shatrughan Sinha, Hema Malini and
others. Khalid congratulated Pratibha on the wonderful work she
has done to preserve India's film heritage!
FROM LEFT: MEHDI HASSAN, KHALID's WIFE
ISHA, TALAT MAHMOOD AND
Khalid Talat Mahmood is definitely the envy
of music fans. Being a Star-Son he is
privileged to hobnob with the greatest and
names in the world! Here, Khalid
and his wife Isha, are overjoyed,
when ghazal great Mehdi Hassan who has revered
respected Talat all his life, decided
to drop in to pay his respects and spend
time with the greatest name in ghazals - Talat
FRONT PAGE NEWS IN LONDON!!!
FRONT PAGE NEWS IN LONDON!
KHALID's ARRIVAL IN LONDON (WITH HIS WIFE
ISHA) FOR THE RELEASE
HIS SMASH HIT ALBUM "JUST FOR YOU" AND A FOLLOW-UP CONCERT
TOUR OF ENGLAND MAKES FRONT PAGE NEWS IN ALL
BIGGEST SELLING ETHNIC LANGUAGE NEWSPAPERS!
FROM LEFT: VAN SHIPLEY, TALAT MAHMOOD, SINGER
SHOBHA JOSHI, AGHA, and TALAT's SON KHALID
TALAT MAHMOOD's SELL-OUT 1979
ENGLAND CONCERT TOUR
PHOTO WHICH APPEARED IN ALL THE MAGAZINES AND
NEWSPAPERS AROUND THE WORLD
Is the godfather of the film industry
offering KHALID a film role???
No...! Just KHALID TALAT MAHMOOD with close family friend FILM DIRECTOR
NITIN BOSE, whose credits include the great Dilip Kumar's magnum opus "Ganga
Jamuna", and Talat Mahmood's silver jubilee hit "WARIS"! Nitin Bose is
credited as the first director who introduced the concept of playback
singing in Indian films 1935 in "Bhagya Chakra"!
Because of the keen interest shown by fans,
Talat's singer son KHALID soon became a part
of every "TALAT MAHMOOD SHOW" with his own seperate STAR
New York's 'DAILY NEWS', then America's third largest selling newspaper of 3
copies a day, sponsored Talat's New York concert!!!
MINISTER FOR EXCISE,
FOOD & DRUG ADMINISTRATION ANIL DESHMUKH
PAYS A CONDOLENCE VISIT TO KHALID'S HOUSE AFTER THE PASSING
AWAY OF HIS LEGENDARY FATHER
BBC, LONDON, HONOURS KHALID!!!
Khalid outside the BBC STUDIOS LONDON
Khalid inside the BBC STUDIOS LONDON recording
BBC Radio honours Khalid
Mahmood by recording a 1 hour Special. The 1 Hour Specials are
conducted only for the
topmost ranking world class artistes and
Khalid Mahmood is proud to be ranked by BBC as one amongst the
Flanking Khalid Mahmood are well known Talk Show hosts
Zeb Qureshi and Kanwal Qazi of BBC.
BBC's producer of the 1 Hour Special Saima
Amreen seems happy with the results! This 1 Hour Special
broadcast all around the world and is now also available on the
internet and reaches practically every
home interested in Asian
music around the world.
KHALID, inspite of being the scion of
legendary singer TALAT MAHMOOD, did not tread the beaten path
and instead opted to blaze his own trail!!!
Recognising this new talent and new trend, BBC London, the worlds largest
and most respected network,
KHALID for his album release "KING OF HEARTS", (ghazals with western music
for the first time),
put aside protocol, on the insistence of nearly 400,000 requests worldwide
Khalid’s songs in their
TALK ONLY show!
This photo was given
Khalid in Oct.2012
by Mohd Rafi sahab’s Son In Law
Firoz Ahmed who lives and works in Saudi Arabia with this comment:
“Salam Khalid bhai....found a touching pic of Talat sahab at Nana abba's
At the 'janaza'
( July 31st. 1980 ) of singing colleague Mohd Rafi, Talat, who is overcome
bends down and kisses the forehead of his
departed friend. The half legs
in this photo are that of Talat's son Khalid who had accompanied his father
his respects and
offer prayers too.