||Meri aankhon mein
|| Devi Murthy
||Masoom gunahon ki
||Pehle mizaj e fikr ko
||Koi suraj utar gaya
||Koi aag aisi bhi
||Kya chupa hai
||Na kal bawafa thaa
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Saiyid Faraz Hamid: The poet's pseudonym, FARAZ, is the same as his first name, and is reminiscent of the famed Pakistani poet Ahmed Faraz. And his literary and poetic credentials are impeccable.
Saiyid Faraz Hamid 's mother’s paternal grandfather was an outstanding literary figure
who has achieved immortality in the annuals of Urdu Literature. SYED
MEHDI HASAN AFADI, born in 1875, died young at the age of 46, in the
year 1931. His major works, which find a prominent place in the
curriculum of colleges and universities, and have been subject to
numerous researches by scholars include: AFAADAAT E MEHDI [Collection
of Essays], MAKATEEB E MEHDI, MEHDI KE KHUTOOT [Collection of Letters]
Mehdi Afadi’s letters enjoy a literary stature, which falls below only
those of MIRZA GHALIB in the Art Form of letter writing. Mehdi Afadi
was a close associate and friend of eminent literary personage of the
time, to including ALLAMA SHIBLI, NOMAAN, HALI and SYED SULEMAN NADVI.
Mehdi Afadi was born to a very wealthy family of Zamindars and was
himself a Tehsildar who wore clothes that were imported from England
and was very British in style and manner. The Urdu Speaking word
celebrates MEHDI DAY every year as a tribute to this Man of Literature
who gifted the Urdu Language with new words and expressions. The
Prince of Wales conferred upon him in the early part of the century,
at Allahabad, a medal, in recognition of his talent and contribution.
He is considered to be one of the all time Greats of Urdu Literature.
The poet's maternal grandfather's sister JAMILA BEGUM was a poetess
writing under the name of NAHEED.
His father SYED HAMID, served the
Indian Administrative Service in his Home State UP and the Center till
retirement and is a renowned scholar, a writer, a poet and a journalist. He served as
VICE chancellor of ALIGARH MUSLIM UNIVERSITY and has been CHANCELLOR
of JAMIA HAMDARD University until his retirement a few years ago.
Devi Murthy: This unassuming ghazal singer from Hyderabad hails from a reputed family of Vainikas and Carnatic classical singers of Andhra Pradesh. The youngest daughter of the famous Veena Maestro, the late Shri Emani Sankara Sastry, former Producer Emeritus of A.I.R. and Doordarshan. Devi branched into ghazal singing during her formative years, and this is where she has created a niche for herself. She has been bestowed with various honours and titles such as Pearl of Hyderabad, Malika e Ghazal and Ghazal dar Ghazal [GhazalSougandhika] for her mellifluous rendering of the Urdu poetic verse. Devi enthrals her audience with her depth and range and complete command of form and content. The ragas are like putty in her hands to be moulded according to the manifold dimensions and demands of Shairi.
Charanjit Soni: This talented sister of popular singer, Bhupender Singh, received her initial training in classical vocal from Pandit Buadullji Lahore Waley and Shri Suraj Prakash.Thereafter she came under the tutelage of the famous disciple of Begum Akhtar, Shanti Hiranand. Charanjit effortlessly scales notes, both high and low to produce in her deep resonant voice; the Begum’s unique artistic ethos. Her rendering is unique and inimitable and flawless.
Zameer Ahmed: A highly versatile artiste who hails from the well known Delhi Gharana, Zameer received his early training in classical and semi classical music from Ustad Wazir Hussein Khan. His other notable mentors include Ustad Zahoor Khan Sahib and Ustad Mohammad Ali Saheb. Zameer possesses an extremely gifted voice that on account of sheer range and remarkable sensitivity ranks his peak levels with the best in the genre of the Ghazal.
Shanti Hiranand: The most well known disciple of Begum Akhtar has endeavoured to maintain the Begum’s heritage of true Ghazal gayaki, Thumri and Dadra. Honoured with numerous awards such as the Padmashree, the Urdu and the Hindi Awards, the Sahitya Kala Parishad Award, Shanti ji has kept alive the glorious tradition of the classical Indian Ghazal. She has never compromised with the pristine purity of the original. Her selection of poetry has been tasteful and immaculate befitting her Mentor.