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Fazal Hussain: For the love of music - E.1

By Anis Shakur

Tuesday - April 4, 2017

Tu na ro meray liye janay tamanna tu na ro; teray aansu deikh kar baytaab hojata hoon mein.

     “Asking verses of a poet is asking a glass of water of a spring,” is a statement that holds true to the exceptional poetry of the Indo-Pak subcontinent.

     “There are two guarantees of a wise rule of conduct: The thought before action, and self-command afterward,” sagely said Saint Ignatius and it befits the prominent artist of yesteryear, Fazal Husain.

     That said, Fazal born on August 1, 1935, in Lahore to a middle class family.

     His father was a tailor by profession and he wanted Fazal to follow in his footsteps. However, Fazal showed a strong desire for singing and music. It seems that Fazal had a rendezvous with music.

     Renowned singer-composer, Master Inayat Husain, had seen immense singing talents in Fazal. Hence, Inayat Husain recorded three songs in Fazal’s voice for the film 'Aaghosh' in the year 1953.

     Fazal rendered the tragic song below with the instinctive artistry that made him one of the 1950s great performers:

     “Duniya ka bharosa kya, sau rung badalti hai, ye saath naheen deiti,” the 1953 film 'Aaghosh.'

     That Fazal was also a tall, smart and lovable man only helped his singing career. The tragic number below is a testament to Fazal’s singing abilities:

     “Kya khabar thee keh dil toot bhi jaata hai,” Fazal - Kausar Perveen, the film 'Aaghosh.'

     The romantic score that follows was recorded in a style synonymous with group cooperation, self-restraint and tightly reined instrumental virtuosity:

     “O deikho jee zara mur kay ye dil nazrana hai,” Fazal - Munawwar Sultana, the film 'Aaghosh.'

     Inayat Husain's magnificent composition and Fazal’s great singing voice were quite conspicuous in the 1953 film 'Mehbuba.' The film 'Mehbuba' was released before the film 'Aaghosh.' Below is a romantic number from the film 'Mehbuba:'

     “Mohabbat muskurai jhoom uthi har shay jawani mein, kisi ka naam shamil ho gaya meri kahani mein.”

     Anything was a treat in those happy times when poetry and music were at their zenith. An invitation to see Fazal was a double treat.

     Excellence of Fazal’s singing voice attracted more composers towards him, most notably Master Ghulam Haider. Incidentally, the 1953 film 'Gulnar' proved to be the last film of Ghulam Haider as a composer. Amazingly enough, the film 'Gulnar' was also released before the film 'Aaghosh.'

     The magnificence of Fazal’s voice is evident in the highly tragic song from the film 'Gulnar' below:

     'Gila hai Aasmaan walay hamein teri khudai say, raha hay baikhabar tu bhi hamari bainawai say.'

     During his fifteen-year affiliation with the music industry, 1953-1968, Fazal recorded approximately fifty songs for nearly thirty-eight movies. The love and admiration that fans lavished on him is astounding. His song in the 1954 film 'Gumnaan' is remarkable enough:

     “Bhaag yahan say bhag o sathi, dagar dagar is nagri mein Aag lagi hai Aag.” Music composer, Inayat Husain.

     With songs like the one below Fazal became a famous vocalist and a 1950s Radio favourite:

     “Udas raatoan mein teri yadein sitara bun kar tutti hain.” The 1954 film 'Mujrim,' Music composer, Hasan Lateef Malik.

     In 1954, Fazal also sang for the film 'Deewar.'

     The famous music composer Baba GA Chishti, was emboldened to play the challenging tragic score with an arresting blend of accuracy and spontaneity:

     “Aaj ye kis ko nazar kay saamnay pata hoon mein, pyar ki bhuli hui yadoan say takrata hoon mein.” The film 'Tufaan,' theatrical release was on July 31, 1955.

     In reality, those were the days of simplicity and very limited resources, but the fact remains that those exuberant early compositions are idyllic in a way that seems poignant in light of today's music. One example below:

     “Kisi say na kahay ga,” the film 'Patay Khan,' theatrical release on November 18, 1955, music composer, Akhtar Husain.

     Most importantly, Fazal was a believer in the simple pleasures like this song, “Tainu saun meri,” Fazal - Mala, the 1955 Punjabi film 'Lae lug.'

(To be continued…)



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