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Farida Khanum: Tribute to a Ghazal Maestro

Posted on August 19, 2007
Filed Under >Adil Najam, Music, People, TV, Movies & Theatre, Urdu
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Last year the mobile phone company Mobilink had released a wonderful tribute to Mehdi Hassan on the occasion of Independence Day, conceived and produced by actor Shaan; now of Khuda key Liye fame. We had carried a number of posts on that wonderful tribute (here, here and here) and have recently featured it again on our sidebar. This year, Mobilink released a similar tribute, this time to Farida Khannum.


It is done equally tastefully and although the song itself does not have the gravitas and passion of ‘Yeh watan tumhara hai‘, the visuals and the sentiments are very moving. I, at least, have been listening to it repeatedly over the last many hours.

"FareedaOf course, the ghazal and geet maestro Farida Khanum deserves – nay, demands – a separate and detailed post. She is in a class by herself and some of the most memorable renditions of Urdu ghazals and geets have been from her. To even think of writing about her music overwhelms one. She is a giant. Truly a giant of her craft. But more than that she is also a wonderful person and the big smile and welcoming demeanor that you see in this new video is not an act. It is very genuine. I have had the pleasure (in an earlier life) of interviewing her and spending some time with her. Her sense of humor and her sense of compassion are legendary … and real.

I hope to write a real post on her when I can do justice to it (unfortunately my list of posts-to-write keeps growing longer), but right now I wanted to at least share some of her greatest musical gems with our readers.

For me, to think of Fareeda Khannum is to think of ‘woh ishq jo hum say rooth gaya‘. This is not the best recording to that song, but listening to it still gives me goosebumps. Powerful poetry, rendered with amazing poignancy.

Although her forte has always been the ghazal, Farida Khanum’s geet have been equally memorable, including some Punjabi folk songs such as Balle Balle Tor Punjaban Di. But probably the signature geet fromFarida Khanum is ‘Mein nay paaon mein payal tou pehnay nahiN.’ Again, this is not the best recording of the song, but it is memorable nonetheless.

Fall Fashions sparkle for women of color

Westside Gazette October 23, 2002 | Anonymous Hair color and hairstyles for women of color have never been more diverse. From luscious shades of brunettes to buttery blondes to ravishing reds, the black woman wear them all and wears them well.

This autumn, women of color are teaming their flair for color with the latest fashion trends to create looks that are both unique and striking. Clairol, who created its Jazzing and Textures & Tones hair color lines specifically for black women, asked professional hair colorists around the country to pair the latest trends in hair coloring and style with the hottest runway fashions, adapting them for real women. in our site hairstyles for women

The Fall Fashion Shows for 2002 showed four distinctive “looks” for the season. They are (1) Work Classic, (2) Anytime Comfortable, (3) Cozy Warmth and (4) Evening Romantic.

(1) Work Classic – Focuses on the trend of workplaces to move away from the super casual look. The three-piece gray flannel suit is back, as are calf-length skirts and heels. “Classic clothes rate classic hair,” says James Adams of Renovare Salon in Birmingham, Alabama. “Bark Brown, Blazing Burgundy or Silken Black are colors that translate to that professional look, especially when hair is either cut short and stylish or swept up in a chignon.” (2) Anytime Comfortable – is all about pants cropped below the knee, denim, thigh high socks, wrap dresses and crazy quilt patterns. “This look calls for more daring color, like Textures & Tones in shades from Honey to Flaming Desire,” says Shirley Gordon of Strands Hair Studio in Wheaton, MD. “Hair styles can also run the gamut, from unrelaxed and natural to the new, smaller Afros or masses of curls.” (3) Cozy Warmth is sweat suits and pullovers, fitted jackets and fur-lined coats. “This is fun time, from ponytails to braids,” says Gabriel Garay of Artista Salon & Spa in New York City. “Haircolor can also add your own special signature to your mood-try Jazzing colors Icicle to Black Cherry, Jet Grape to Red Hot.” (4) Evening Romantic turns up the heat with lingerie-inspired dresses, sheer peasant tops and iridescent taffeta skirts with glints of gold and silver. Nancy Jo Gordon of Maximus Color Studio in Hermosa Beach, CA says, “Turn your color up a notch with Cocoa Brown, or go all-out sexy with Flaming Oesire. For style, try a straightened sweep or an up do with a few tendrils strategically escaping.” With such a range of fashion, colors and styles, Fall 2002 will once again showcase black women creating their look – or, more precisely, their looks based on their own unique sense of self. web site hairstyles for women

Photograph (Work Classic) Anonymous

28 comments posted

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  1. shozy says:
    August 17th, 2009 11:43 am

    je veux un M3
    allah hafiz

  2. kiki says:
    August 17th, 2009 11:41 am

    salam again

    i really have to know the lyrics of balley balley tor punjaban di
    of farida khanum because i don’t find it

  3. kiki says:
    August 17th, 2009 11:23 am

    can u tell me what is the lyrics of balley balley tor punjaban di (faride khanul) plz it’s very important: this is for a dolak

  4. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    April 13th, 2008 12:44 pm


    I don’t know if we can ever return minimum
    appriciation to this “bulbul”, videos can only
    “commercialize ” access, thanks to ‘you tube’
    the only alternative left for us.
    just listen on ‘ you tube ‘
    Ustad Salamat Ali Khan’s Multani kafi in Sindhi
    Bhairavi, Khawaja Farid’s saraiki kalam,
    and Ustad Amanat Ali & Fateh Ali Khan with superlative
    of devine vocal techniguqe (God-gifted) pure ecstasy,
    how human being is capable to go to such sublime hights, you can listen again and again,
    its regretable to see how we are handling this heritage
    on our “top priorities” list ?

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