Refreshing MADHURANI...Malika-E-Ghazal

I have no words to write about this living legend but why I am writing about her because her music is divulged in the roots of my musical mind. Seeing the current musicians and the listeners, I am really sad and forced to remind them these kind of golden singers. She is still followed by only those people who are very good listeners and great musicians.


I still remember that in early 90's my uncle, A Great Musicologist, late Pt. R. C. Bhatt (Ex-Deputy Director General-AIR) introduced me to this great artist’s music. He was gifted few cassettes of her ghazal album "INTEZAAR" by Madhurani ji herself. One day seeing my great passion for ghazals, uncle gave me the cassette to listen it. My uncle was big fan of her singing and used to say “MADHURANI JI’ S MUSIC IS AN ADDICTION TO A GOOD LISTENER OF GHAZALS.” After listening her first time, I was totally lost in her singing and became a huge fan of her. Seriously she is incomparable.

Madhurani ji is truly a living legend and known as the MALIKA-E-GHAZAL. She is most versatile and unique ghazal singer of India.
Among a few of her great fans, she was highly admired by India’s former PM Late Mrs. Indira Gandhi ji. She has received so many awards from Former president of India Lt. Dr, Zakir Hussain and Former PM Lt. Pandit Jawahar lal Nehru.
Cine Superstar Dilip Kumar sahab is also a great fan of her and says “SHE IS UNTOUCHABLE IN GHAZAL GAYAKI”
On 21st September 1996, The living legend, The thespian himself, Mr. Dilip Kumar took pride to launch Madhurani ji’s ghazal music CD and cassette “INTEZAAR” release on the label of HMV. And here what Dilip Kumar Sahab said URDU GHAZAL! HINDUSTANI TEZEEB KA MUNNAVAR CHAND HAI AUR AZEEZI MADHURANI NE APNE KAMAL-E-FUN SE US TEZEEB KE MAYAR KO ZINDA RAKHA HAI. AGAR MADHURANI JI KO IS DAUR KI MALIKA_E_GHAZAL KAHA JAAYE TO BEJA NA HOGA. ITNI PURASAR AWAZ HAI KI MERI ROOH SE DUAA NIKALTI HAI KE SURON KE NOOR KI YE FAWWARE SADAA YUN HI JAARI RAHEIN!!..JEETI RAHE MADHURANI!!!”

Please listen what dilip sahab says in the album Intezaar


One of the most popular and best known ghazal of madhurani ji- "Mera Dard Nagma-E-Besada" from my collection...


Ghazal King Jagjit Singh is also big fan of her and said “Madhurani ji and her style of Ghazal is truly a treasure for our Indian music that not just generations to come but every school of music will take benefit of this treasure and will cherish this till time counts exists.”

Popular singer Peenaz Masani is her disciple and she says that “She can never stop learning from her.”
Ustad Kausar Ali is also motivated and inspired by her to sing and compose ghazals and sufi kalam.
Her ghazal gayaki is influenced with the expression of Bade Ghulam Ali Khan sahab and relaxation of Amir Khan sahab’s style of renditions. Her style of singing is always melodiously decorated with the rich flavor of the classical singing which makes every good music lover so addictive in it’s own way.

Dil Lazzat-e-niag karam paake reh gaya


Great Ghazal-"Ye Daag"


Unfortunately in present scenario very few people know about this great singer. She never promoted herself commercially in this greedy world. By nature she is known as very moody singer and only sings when her soul allows. That’s the only reason that she has sung only very few ghazals commercially on records. Her quality of singing is so unique and outstanding that India’s one of the Greatest Poet said about MadhuRani ji during one of her recordings “MADHURANIJI KI GAYAKI MEIN AUR KHAAS TAUR SE INKI AWAAZ MEIN ITNA MUQADDAS ASAR HAI KE CHALTE QADAM RUK JAATE HAI HAI”

At last I would like to say that her singing and music are like a great remedy, a treatment for all musical souls. It connects hearts to hearts. I don't know where she is now and what she is doing!!!...but I am sure that She is still remembered and will always be remembered for her unique style, singing and compositions. Always thanks to my uncle also who blessed me with such kind of music...Ma'am god bless you always!!

Comments

Adesh Bhatt said…
Though she has sung very few ghazals yet she is known as the queen of ghazals and always admired by all the great musicians and listeners.
Ratnesh Bhatt said…
Nice writeup adesh for suc a great Golden Voice. Many music lovers never had a chance to listen to madhurani ji.
Madhavan said…
Thank you for taking note of a great artiste! I hope to tweet your article.
Adesh Bhatt said…
Thank you so much Madhvan ji!!
I have just discovered Madhurani-ji TODAY (19th Nov 2011)and just fallen in love with her singing.

Nice work Adesh. I opened your blog to figure out if you were connected with her somewhere...alas, you are not. Anyways i had before this called up another friend of mine who is a big musician himself and has known the lady for a very long time and requested him to locate her for me. Inshallah he would.
nice work you too.
afsarhindustani said…
dear adesh bhatt sahab.. iam from chennai.. i thank you for your research and candit details of the greatest living legend and real music lover madhurani ji.. i would beg your esteem self to give me the address and contact number of madam. i want to go and touch her feet and do sajda for her voice, i have ben searching the where about of this legend after listerning to her intezar ghazals and after knowing how selfless she is in this world of greed. I love ghazals and sing for myself when it pains , started singing since school following begum akhtar saheba. please. i have short life i have had kidney transplant 2 years before iam 35 and my email address is welcaretours@gmail. com and my no is 9841180087 pls help me meet madam once, i will think meri zindagi ka maqsad milgaya. please. afsar shareef
Sufi Khan said…
I'm biggest fan of madhu rani ji's aur main yeh kehna chaoonga agar is duniyaa mein female ghazal gaayeka aayi hain toh mere zehen mein sirf ek naam yaad aata hai woh meri sab se favoutrite Madhu rani ji...I love youre voice
varun thapa said…
Adesh ji m a big fan of Madhurani Ji... i don't hv any words to speak abt Madhurani ji m speechless.. Unke Tallafuz, unki feelings aur jiss tareeke se woh apni Ghazal gayaki ko pesh karti hai uska koi jawaab hi nahi hai!!! Adesh ji can u do me a favor??? maine bahut koshish ki Madhurani ji k ghazals download karne ki but m not able to do it....plz guide me how download Madhurani ji's Ghazals my email add is varunthapa08@gmail.com... Thnk Qu!!!
Hello Adeshji,I'm a huge fan of Madhurani ji and very keen to learn from her,could pls give me her contact.I have been singing ghazals since last 7years and want to get trained by her.My email is kalpanamusic@gmail.com
Vusat Iqbal said…
Friends, I am Vusat Iqbal D/o Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan, who is the present Head/Khalifa of Dilli Gharana. I would like to inform you all that Madhurani Ji is the desciple of my grand father (Nanaji) the legend Ustad Hilal Ahmed Khan of Dilli Gharana and her singing is purely his style. I have been knowing Madhu Aunty for a long time and she still has that beauty in her voice. At present she is based out in Pune with her Husband and doing great. She rarely perform now a days. I will give your regards to aunty. @Adesh BHatt- thanks for sharing these beautiful compositions. Good work. Keep it up. Vusat
Karan said…
Adesh.. Madhu didi is now in Mumbai and she visits Australia many times. I want to know you that She has two Shishya 1) Penaz Masani and 2) Bharti Hota.

Please find the contact number of Madhu didi..please
Adesh Bhatt said…
Thanks to all of you for your concerns, appreciation and comments about the blog article. I am very sorry i am not very much active on the blog but whenever i get time always try to promote and remind the pure music which is hidden or forgotten.
@ Vusat Iqbal: Thanks a lot for your latest information. It will definitely help to all who commented here to know about her presently. Pay my regards to her if you met her sometime and also to (Uncle) your great father Ust. Iqbal Ahmed Khan Sahab!! My Uncle late. Pt R C Bhatt had a very good terms with both MadhuRani ji and your father!!! Have a great time!!....Cheers! Adesh
thank u sooo mch 4 dis article.. I'm a huge fan of madhuraniji.. unbelievable singing.. !!!!
Truly friends I love her voice and the thehrao she has in her voice is unmatched.there is no gazal singer in the whole world who can match her
Sanjeev Verma said…
I have great memory of listening this extra ordinary singer, once great Ghazal singer Mehdi
Hassn himself wanted to sing with her, I am really looking for some more music album beside intezar, can anybody help me to get that ,I will be so great full to that person…thanx sanjeev
I had the fortune of meeting Madhuraniji in her own house in Mumbai. I travelled from Vijayawada to Mumbai only to see her after listening to only one ghazal frequently broadcast in afternoons. The great Carnatic vidwan sri Voleti went into raptures after listening to her. I visited her with her permission. She was very hospitable, amazingly simple and exhaustive in her knowledge and versatile abilities but sticks to purity of style.I spent many hours with my wife and children. She also helped me visit Naushad Ali the great music director. Those were blessed moments in my life. Later my children--now grown-ups and great admirers of her music---- tried to trace her for many years but in vain. Can any one provide me with her address /phone No/mobile/ email ID?
TUNNU said…
dear...aadesh ji i would request u 2 post some more songs or the details of where cn v get 2 hear this fabbbbbb singer madhurani ji....plz help me find more songs.....thank soooooo much..
Altaf Hussain said…
I am a keen listener to her voice. She is amazing gazal singer. In this comment I would like to say that she is the school of real Gazal Gaiki . Dilip Kumar saheb has committed on her which is definite truth . " ITNI PURASAR AWAZ HAI KI MERI ROOH SE DUAA NIKALTI HAI KE SURON KE NOOR KI YE FAWWARE SADAA YUN HI JAARI RAHEIN". In nutshell she has a golden voice . Meri dili khawaish hai ki mai Madhurani Jee kay saat baat karna chahta hoon. Agar is mamlay mai koi meri madat karna chahta hai to please is email ID altafproductions@gmail.com or contact on my personal phone 09906431595 or 09419074609. This is my thirst wish to talk with Great Madhurani Jee.
I am ALTAF HUSSAIN FROM MAKHDOOMPORA, NOWSHAHRA, SRINAGAR JAMMU AND KASHMIR 190011
Unknown said…
With due respects to everyone, I am Madhurani ji's biggest fan 😊. So much that at one point I stopped listening to her coz her music became an addiction and I couldnt get out of that zone. Yes, she's incomparable. Apart from Intezaar I do have couple of other gems of her like -

- Laayee hayaat aaye mazaa
- Ishq mein ji Ko
- Zabt apna shikar tha (Out of the world, ghazal)
- Daayam paraa hua


If we could make a whatsapp group, I could share these

Blessings
Manickdeep Masih
Corrections

- लाई हयात आये क़ज़ा
- ज़ब्त अपना शिआर था

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