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"EK SHAAM TALAT MAHMOOD KE NAAM CONCERTS" BY KHALID



 
Khalid Mahmood, singer son of the great Singing Legend Talat Mahmood, welcomes you to his website in memory of his legendary father. With over 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 the ‘Shahenshah E Ghazal’ Talat Mahmood……

A GOLDEN VOICE 

TALAT MAHMOOD

'KING OF GHAZALS'.........

'MAN WITH THE GOLDEN VOICE'........ 

'A PERFECT GENTLEMAN'.........

 'VELVET VOICE OF INDIA'.........

 

THESE 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' TALAT MAHMOOD
 has been honoured with the prestigious and highly respected
PADMABHUSHAN AWARD
by Government of India.


Receiving the highly respected PADMABHUSHAN AWARD
from
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. Venketaraman.

 


 

 

'King 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. 
 


Talat 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 !
 

In 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". 
 

But 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. 



In 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. 

Towards 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' 


 

TALAT MAHMOOD

A SUPERSTAR AMONG STARS !


Dilip Kumar and Talat Mahmood,  two of the greatest and most respected names of the  Indian film industry pose for press photographers

 

ALL TIME GREATS !

TALAT,  MUKESH,  LATA,  RAFI

 


Talat Mahmood & 'comedy king' Johnny Walker in
London during concert tour
 

Bimal Roy, Talat Mahmood,
Mohd. Rafi &
S.D. Burman recording for film 'SUJATA'

India's nightingale Lata Mangeshkar chats with 'King of Ghazals' Talat Mahmood


Dilip Kumar, Talat, Mukesh backstage at a charity concert

 


Talat Mahmood, Nadira, Suraiya at the premiere of their hit film "WARIS'

Talat Mahmood with Bengal's heartthrob Uttam Kumar
 

Asha Bhosle warmly greets Talat Mahmood


Magnum Opus "Mughal -e- Azam" producer K.Asif and
Talat Mahmood at a party      


Talat Mahmood with Shammi Kapoor at a film premiere
 

O.P. Nayyar, Balraj Sahani,
Talat Mahmood during making of 'Sone Ki Chidiya'

 


 Waheeda Rehman, Mala Sinha, up and coming star Chand Usmani, 'Jublee Star' Rajender Kumar and Talat Mahmood at Powai Lake picnic
 

      Suraiya, Motilal & Talat during the shooting of 'MAALIK'

Charismatic cricketing star
Nawab of  Pataudi visits Lata, 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!
Talat Mahmood rehearses a song for composer Naushad
 

T
alat Mahmood with his favorite music director Anil Biswas

M
ukesh, 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!


 

Shahenshah-e-Ghazal  Talat Mahmood
with
Jagjit & Chitra Singh, Bhupinder, Talat Aziz
 Pop singers Gary Lawyer, Alisha Chinai, Ila Arun, Mitali, Nandu Bhende
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The 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 ghazal album
at a 5 star hotel in Mumbai with the glitterati of the city gracing the occasion.


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 with them


In 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.
Here, Talat waves to a capacity crowd of his
ardent and ever-loving fans after his hugely successful concert.
 



Fans pack Wembley Centre, London, to hear the King sing!  

Every concert of Talat Mahmood anywhere in the world, was always packed to capacity
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

 

      Click link to watch video:        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFLgFnbevrY

 


 



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
huge 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 BELOW!

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

 

 

PRIME MINISTER 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 BELOW!

TALAT MAHMOOD - Jaoon kahan aye aasman SAWAAL recorded in 1983



 


JETHRO TULL and TALAT MAHMOOD....... CULT FIGURES!

  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 admirers!!! Others following
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 Naseem Banu!

 



"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 Kumar, Rajesh Khanna, Mumtaz, Sunil Dutt etc. and now, none other than the world's
greatest batsman and living legend Sachin Tendulkar has joined this elite list by moving into his own new residence
Dohrab Villa on Perry Cross Road itself


 



Talat with wife Nasreen and singer son Khalid

 


 

KHALID MAHMOOD SINGS!
TALAT 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'

BOSTON, USA


 


'EK SHAAM TALAT MAHMOOD KE NAAM'
HYDERABAD

 

CLICK HERE TO GO TO VIDEO PAGE !!!

 

 


KHALID WITH CELEBRITIES!!!


Popular singer KHALID MAHMOOD is at the most exclusive party in town
in the company of superstars, politicians, industrialists and socialites!!!

"THE LEELA HOTEL" PARTY - Mumbai  (JAN 2012)

 


Udhav Thakeray with Khalid Talat Mahmood

 


Industrialist and SAREGAMA owner Harsh Goenka with Khalid Talat Mahmood

 


Aviation Minister Praful Patel with Khalid Talat Mahmood

 


Priya Dutt with Khalid Talat Mahmood

 


Filmstar Sanjay Khan with Khalid Talat Mahmood

 


From left: Khalid's wife Ísha Mahmood, owners of "Hotel Leela" Lakshmi Nair,
 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  Mahmood

 


AT SALIM KHAN SAHAB's HOUSE IN BANDRA, MUMBAI

Left to right: V.N. Deshmukh (Mumbai's ex Director General of Police), Salim Khan and Khalid

Salim 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!
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Scions of the Film Industry's Legendary and most popular Stars!
Khalid Talat Mahmood and Randhir Raj Kapoor seen at the most exclusive/members
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 of
the city was in attendance!


 

KHALID HAS APPEARED ON THE TOP NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL TV CHANNELS AND PROGRAMS TALKING ABOUT HIS LEGENDARY FATHER!


DOORDARSHAN CHANNEL



"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"      (NEWS-X CHANNEL)


 


'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

Khalid Talat Mahmood is definitely the envy of music fans. Being a Star-Son he is
privileged to hobnob with the greatest and biggest names in the world! Here, Khalid
and his wife Isha, are overjoyed, when ghazal great Mehdi Hassan who has revered
and respected Talat all his life, decided to drop in to pay his respects and spend
some time with the greatest name in ghazals -  Talat Mahmood!
 


 

FRONT PAGE NEWS IN LONDON!!!

FRONT PAGE NEWS IN LONDON!

KHALID's ARRIVAL IN LONDON (WITH HIS WIFE ISHA) FOR THE RELEASE
OF HIS SMASH HIT ALBUM "JUST FOR YOU" AND A FOLLOW-UP CONCERT
TOUR OF ENGLAND MAKES FRONT PAGE NEWS IN ALL OF LONDON'S
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 PUBLICITY
PHOTO WHICH APPEARED IN ALL THE MAGAZINES AND
NEWSPAPERS AROUND THE WORLD


 


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 BILLING!!!.
New York's 'DAILY NEWS', then America's third largest selling newspaper of 3 million
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


 

 


 

This photo was given to Talat's son 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 janaza.”
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At the 'janaza' ( July 31st. 1980 ) of singing colleague Mohd Rafi, Talat, who is overcome
with emotions, bends down and kisses the forehead of his departed friend. The half legs
seen behind in this photo are that of  Talat's son Khalid who had accompanied his father
to pay his respects and offer prayers too.


 


 

 

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