Tribute to Mehdi Hassan King of Ghazal by Talat Aziz in Chicago

Chicago IL: Amrish Mahajan hosts a tribute to Mehdi Hasan by Talat Aziz musical show in Chicago. The national promoter of this show is Saregama PLC. This extraordinary event on 7:00 pm, Saturday, September 17, 2011 at the Gateway Theater located at 5216 W. Lawrence Ave. Chicago, IL. Tickets rated from $20, $35, $49, $69, and $100 per person. Talat Aziz pays tribute to his Ustad – The legendary singer Mehdi Hasan Saab to enthrall the audience with Mehdi Saab’s most popular ghazals like Rafta Rafta & Zindagi Mein along with Talat’s super hit ghazals from Umrao Jaan, Bazar, Daddy. Over 700+ people enjoyed this musical event.

Prior to Talat Aziz musical show in Chicago there was a “MEET and GREET” with Talat Aziz on Thursday, September 15th from 7:30pm to 8:30pm at the newly opened boutique “The Studio Elite”- 2556 W Devon Ave Chicago, IL. There were few prominent leaders and news media were present.

Invited guests for Talat Aziz was Prominent Businessman from Milwaukee Mr Darshan Singh Dhaliwal and his Associates, Raghu Nayak, Mr & Mrs Jude Cresto of Air India, Vinesh Virani of Art of living, Munir Akhtarn, Dr Murtaza of Pakistani community, Rana Javed of Pakistan News/radio sargam and Dipen Lakha of Raj Jewels

Talat Aziz musical show in Chicago started at 8 PM, Ms Palwinder Hansra welcomed everyone and Talat Aziz and the entire team.

Mehdi Hassan:
Mehdi Hassan, famously known as the ‘King of Ghazal’ was a among the best Ghazal singers of his time. He had been a famous playback singer for Bollywood, but ruled the Pakistan film industry along with another great Ahmed Rushdi. When Mehdi Hassan made his first trip to India, his live shows were always well-attended and cassettes of his ghazals sold by the numbers. He was followed by his fellow countryman, Ghulam Ali, who became equally well-known. These Pakistani singers reached the remotest towns of India via cassettes. Coupled with his soothing voice and perfect rendition, his rise was meteoric. There was no looking back after that. Hasan’s success would be credited to the fact that he chose his ghazals with great thought and care. His deep knowledge of music helped him to rise to stardom.

Talat Aziz:
Talat Aziz, A ghazal singer established over a period of 31 years as a professional, has sung all over the globe. He took his initial training in music from Kirana Gharana. He was trained primarily by Ustad Samad Khan and later by Ustad Fayaz Ahmed who were famous classical music singers.After the initial training, Talat decided to learn music from music maestro Mehdi Hassan. On many occasions, like on a concert tour of the US and
Canada in 1986 he shared the same stage with him on concerts in India and abroad. Talat’s few other accomplishments include his composition of music for TV serials, which he also had acted in several of them.Talat Aziz has been singing in concerts for over three decades and has traveled the globe with his sell out performances . He completed his 25 Years Silver Anniversary with the launch of a special audio and video album in 2004 at the NCPA Mumbai where the veritable who’s who of the music industry were present and the ones like Mehdi Hasan and Lata Mangeshkar who could not make it sent in their messages on video and a special documentary on his life was screened.

Ustad Tari Khan performed at the death anniversary of tabla master Mian Qadir Baksh. That solo performance earned him a revered place amongst the tabla greats.He has also accompanied renowned ghazal singers like Mehdi Hasan, Ghulam Ali, Hariharan, and Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Recently, Ustadji has shown his prowess in the area of singing as well. His mentor in singing was Mehdi Hasan saab himself.

Pt. Ramesh Mishra A glaring example of total dedication, depth and maturity, Pandit Ramesh Mishra is a phenomenon in the field of Indian classical Music. Mastering over one of the most difficult unique string
instruments ‘ Sarangi’, Ramesh Mishra is today acclaimed as an outstanding artist of India.

Discography of Talat Aziz:
Since then he has many albums . He is equally versatile while singing a popular sufi number like “Damadam mast Kalandar” or the soul stirring rendition of “Aaina Mujhse Meri” from the film Daddy. Between 1979 and 1984 he was the top artist recording for Music India Company. In 1984, he joined HMV, the giant recording company.He also worked with Venus Records for a brief period and then released albums with Universal Music India and the latest with Saregama Music.

Some of his famous albums of Talat Aziz:
1. Jagjit Singh presents Talat Aziz 2. Talat Aziz live ( Double album) 3. Best Of Talat Aziz 4. Images( Double Album) 5. A team Come True 6. Lehren 7. Ehsaas 8. Suroor 9.Saughaat( Double Album) 10.Tasavvur( Double Album) 11.Manzil( Double Album) 12.Storms 13.Dhadkan ( Double CD Pack) 14.Shahkaar 15.Mehboob 16.Talat Aziz sings Qateel Shifai 17.Irshaad ( Double CD pack) 18.Khubsoorat 19.Khushnuma 20.Silver Anniversary Concert( Two CD pack) 21.Silver Anniversary Concert ( DVD Pack) 22. Caravan E Ghazal

Popular film.songs of Talat Aziz:
Song : zindagi jab bhi teri bazm mein, Movie :Umrao Jaan
Song : Phir chhidi raat baat Phoolon ki, Movie :Bazaar
Song : Aaina mujhse meri, Movie :Daddy Song :Na Kisi Ki Aankh Ka, Movie :Shararat

Talat Aziz at Launch of Bhajan Album-Prabhu Avatar
Event: Launch of Bhajan Album-Prabhu Avatar
Attendees: Anup Jalota, Talat Aziz, and Others
Venue: Iskcon Temple, Juhu
Date: 17.Aug.2010

Event Sponsors
Media Partners: India Tribute, Pakistan News, Hi India, Desi Talk, Radio Sargam, and Asian Media USA
The Diamond sponsors: Darshan Dhaliwal, JSC Finance and Bancard Services, Women’s Doc, Fazal
Development Corp, Iftikhar Shareef (National Bankcard), ATM Credit Card Services, Sahiba Boutique, & Air
Gold sponsors: Raghu Nayak, Raj Jewels, Dinesh Gandhi (National Republic Bank), Dr Firdaus Jafri, India
House, Tiffin, Meadows Club, Limo Corp Chicago, Holiday Inn (Rolling Meadows), & Sahil Boutique.
Silver sponsors: Medstar Labotary, Inc
Online sponsors:,,

Promoter (local) Amrish Mahajan formerly a successful banker who has been in this field for the last 25 yrs promised to bring more events to keep this culture and heritage alive. Next is Sur Sangeet on October 29, 2011 in Des Plaines in a 250 people auditorium with his new discovery “Narendra Vashisht”

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Suresh Bodiwala
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