Love, loss, longing, heartbreak
Are GHAZALS & REALITY SHOWS IN TUNE WITH EACH OTHER??
MONOJIT LAHIRI wonders whether it’s a timely new-age challenge or a dangerous and desperate misadventure.
Love, loss, longing, heartbreak reflect Shelley’s immortal lines: “Our sweetest songs are those that tell of the saddest thoughts.” The Ghazal remains achingly committed to bringing a magical solace to the distraught lover, luxuriating in sublime sorrow – real or imagined – living the pain and pathos that intrinsically colours this genre. The iconic exponents of this enchanting form of music include Begum Akhtar, Farida Khanum, Mehdi Hassan, Jagjit Singh & Ghulam Ali among other stalwarts. The poetry quotient is as critical as the rendition, making it, almost, a spiritual voyage to the soul of all who have hearts that beat to the pangs of unrequited love…or are blessed to embrace heavenly bliss without boundaries. It can be best described as the art of public solitude where each listener believes that the Ghazal has penetrated his/her innermost being, laying bare his/her most private thoughts and feelings…