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Understanding both aspects of this relationship is essential for righting many of the wrongs in our democratic governance, 2012 3:06 am Related News The election in Uttar Pradesh is without question the most important test Rahul Gandhi has faced in his short and relatively easy political career.Rahul?/ She wears her grief, a moon-soaked white/ corners the sky into disbelief The late Agha Shahid Ali began writing his tribute to Begum Akhtar when he returned from her funeral 40 years ago this month Last week on October 7 the 100th anniversary of her birth Shubha Mudgal offered haazri at Begum Akhtar’s mazaar in Pasand Bagh Lucknow Understandably she felt intimidated and decided not to sing any ghazals or other compositions associated with the late singer The space of ghazal gayaki left empty by Begum Akhtar stays empty It is easy to predict that this space will stay empty forever Begum Akhtar was the last of the singers in an illustrious line of women musicians who were steeped equally in music and poetry While all tawaifs had brought music to poetry Begum Akhtar brought poetry to music Both came to her instinctively The tawaifi tradition drew upon the knowledge and skills of the best music and dance ustads Many poets who aspired for wider fame too were willing to be patronised by these women Scholars were employed to teach them poetry Training in deportment etiquette style conversation etc were imparted in-house Begum Akhtar was the poster girl for the tawaifi music tradition and all its attendant sophistications Set to music and dance the ghazal had found wider space in the 20th century because of films and their music It was through these three-minute renditions of the ghazal that Begum Akhtar had first acquired fame But it was in her longer renditions either on All India Radio or later on long and extended playing records that it became evident she not only had a magical voice but also a masterly command of music However it was her instinctive relationship to language that set her apart from all others For instance the way she would split words or combine them into musical phrases shows how comfortable she was with Urdu’s poetic idiom This musical comfort level with the language also marked out some of her younger contemporaries like Mehdi Hasan Iqbal Bano and Farida Khanum and is sadly missing from most other singers Begum Akhtar knew she was belittled as a singer by critics and some other musicians because she did not sing khayal (though she recorded a few chhota khayals early in her career) She was labelled as a light classical singer which did not seem to bother her except when she was pointedly reminded of it by the establishment For instance she was hurt when the Sangeet Natak Akademi took its time in bestowing its annual award on her Begum Akhtar was never known as a dancer though she had been trained to dance From early on in life she had stuck to her passion — poetry She opted out of films and preferred to perform in personalised mehfils where she was at liberty to weave her musical and romantic magic over her audience An incurable romantic poetry suited her temperament and it is this that made her mehfils such a place to aspire to and be in Even her best known devotional thumris addressed to Krishna are romantic with the attendant emotions of love longing pain separation jealousy etc She could as easily be naughty as in the dadra “Hamri atariya aao sanwariya” In contrast her naats in honour of the Prophet are formal and competent but they never made it near the top of the popularity charts of Muslim devotional music anyway However we have been criminally denied access to a large body of her renditions of marsiya and soz mournful devotional music performed during Muharram Hidden somewhere in the impenetrable innards of AIR are hours of her renditions of poetry without any musical accompaniment Without listening to these Begum Akhtar’s musical greatness has yet to be pegged Post 1947 Begum Akhtar was one of the most effective ambassadors for Urdu She made the poetry of the great the talented and the popular — Mir Ghalib Dagh Makhdoom Josh Faiz Shakeel and Kaifi — sound even greater when she sang it So self-assured was she that she would on impulse set a ghazal to a raga different from the one she usually sang in She made Urdu familiar to non-Urdu speakers It wasn’t surprising therefore that MS Subbalakshmi turned to her for advice when she decided to sing a Ghalib ghazal With her passing the use of Urdu in popular music has consistently declined The ghazal along with its gayaki has become a victim of the politics of language Today when even the Urdu spoken in the 1950s-60s is considered classical when supposedly informed ghazal audiences don’t notice the mispronunciation of crucial consonants when listeners are unaware of the mangling of even better-known couplets the space for the ghazal gayaki has shrunk and been so radically transformed that there is little difference left between ghazal and geet Hopefully the media attention to her in this centennial year will bring her music and Urdu poetry back to the attention of music fans The writer is a historian For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsMumbai: Even as suspense continued over the composition of government in Maharashtra BJP today said that being the single largest party in the Assembly it will stake claim to form government even before cobbling together a majority "There is no need to have full majority to approach the Governor to stake claim to form government It is not necessary that we have 145 out of 288 members in Assembly to stake claim What is needed is that we ought to be the single largest party which we are" BJP general secretary incharge of state Rajiv Pratap Rudy said With 122 MLAs in the 288-member Assembly BJP alone has the mandate for form government he said Rajiv Pratap Rudy AFP Rudy said the party will formally stake claim after electing leader of its legislature party "Very soon" he said responding to a question as to when the newly-elected MLAs will meet to elect their leader The meeting will take place when central observers appointed for the election of the legislature party leader — Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP general secretary JP Nadda– arrive in Mumbai he said There were reports that the two would be landing here tonight Sharad Pawar’s NCP with 41 MLAs has already offered "outside support" to BJP in government formation while there is no clarity on whether the party will reunite with former ally Shiv Sena to form a coalition government Maintaining that the MLAs will be given a free hand in electing their leader Rudy said "the central leadership will approve whoever the legislature party chooses its leader" To a query regarding BJP’s state core committee member Pankaja Munde publicly voicing her chief ministerial ambition Rudy said "she has explained that she will abide by whatever decision the party takes and I have conveyed her views to the central leadership" He credited the victory in Maharashtra to the charisma of Prime Minister Narendra Modi meticulous planning by party president Amit Shah and teamwork of state BJP leaders Meanwhile BJP’s newly-elected MLAs informally met at the state party office and celebrated their victory as sweets were distributed amid beating of drums PTI what makes a method actor and his relationship with Hansal Mehta.” Raviza said in an interview on Saturday. It was nothing less than celebration,The Chennai police plans to conduct an identification parade for Ramkumar" Rajshahi’s police commissioner Mohammad Shamsuddin told PTI over phone.

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