(1935 - 21 April 2009) was a highly acclaimed female Ghazal singer
. She was best known for her semi-classical Urdu ghazal songs and classical thumris, but also sang easy-listening numbers in 1950s films.
Iqbal Bano was born in Delhi
, British India
. From a young age, she developed a love for music. It was a crucial moment of her life when her friend's father told Bano's father, "My daughters do sing reasonably well, but Iqbal is blessed in singing. She will become a big name if you begin her training." Her father allowed her to study music. When Bano was a teenager she migrated to Pakistan along with her family.
In Delhi, she studied under Ustad Chaand Khan of the Delhi Gharana
, an expert in all kinds of pure classical and light classical forms of vocal music
. He instructed her in pure classical music and light classical music within the framework of classical forms of thumri
. She was duly initiated Gaandaabandh shagird
of her Ustad.
Ustad Chaand Khan referred her to All India Radio
, Delhi, where she sang on the radio.
In 1952, aged 17, she married into a land-owning family in... Read More