Sunday, June 15, 2014

Nur Jahan and Lata Mangeshkar

In an interesting article on Nur Jahan, Professor Ashraf Aziz says "Following Independence in 1947 – on both sides of the Indo-Pak border – two great female vocalists, Noor Jahan and Lata Mangeshkar, would sing of the broken promise of greater freedom for women (and most men) in their respective countries. In Pakistan Noor Jahan was singing Jigar ki aag mein is dil ko jalta dekhte jao (Dupatta, 1955) while in India Lata Mangeshkar asked Ab mera kaun sahaara? (Barsat, 1949)." The article has a nice photograph of Nur Jahan with Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, where Nur Jahan actually looks slim. I think Professor Aziz is probably reading too much into the events to link them with various type of liberation. But both the songs are quite nice. The first by Nur Jahan
And Lata's song

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