(Urdu: طلعت محمود) (February 24, 1924 – May 9, 1998) was a popular Indian
playback singer and film actor. A recipient of the Padma Bhushan
in 1992, he was famous for singing ghazal
s. For this quality he was known as the King of ghazals
Talat Mahmood was born in Lucknow
, to Manzoor Mahmood. Talat showed his musical leanings from a very young age and would enjoy sitting through all-night music soirees listening patiently to some of the biggest names in classical Indian music then.
Coming from a conservative Muslim background, singing was not encouraged. Talat had to choose between working in films and staying at home. Despite his parental objection he opted for the former, though his family accepted the fact only about a decade later when he gained respect in the industry.
Talat apprenticed classical music under Pandit S.C.R. Bhat at Morris Music College some time in the 30s. He started his career purely as a ghazal
singer in 1939. Talat Mahmood began his singing career at the age of 16 in 1939 when he began singing the Ghazal
s of Daag, Mir, Jigar etc. on All India Radio
, Lucknow. His voice had a quality distinct from all the other singers. HMV
was quick to notice this and offered Talat his first disc in 1941 Sab din ek samaan nahin tha, Bun jaoon ga kya se kya main, Iska to kuch dhyan nahin tha
His reputation as a ghazal
singer was not limited to his hometown of Lucknow, but it reached the city that... Read More