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Hummmmm Your Heart Through The Top 20 Ghazals Of Hindi Cinema

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A Ghazal is a poetic form consisting of rhyming couplets. It is understood as a poetic expression of both the pain of loss or separation and the beauty of love in spite of that pain. The structure is very similar to a Sonnet. In style and content it is a genre that has proved capable of an extraordinary variety of expression around themes of love and separation. Ghazal is a unique form of poetry containing the essential features of Radeef, Kaafia and fixed meter in all the ‘Shers’. The literal meaning of Ghazal is the painful voice of wounded female deer (Ghazala). The Ghazals can be slow & soulful as well as fast & peppy. Its not defined by its music. It is rather defined by its lyrics, its structure & its rhyme scheme.

Here is a video by Jagjit Singh explaining this in detail.

Hindi Cinema through years have gifted us with numerous Ghazals and Nazms. They have a very special place in contemporary Indian music. They represent the fusion of poetic tradition with modern music. These musical compositions retain the serenity, mood & temperament of the original Ghazal.

It is a tough task to narrow down on the the best Ghazals of Hindi Cinema, but the list is wholly subjective. Here are the top 20 ghazals.

1. Jurm-E-Ulfat Pe Hamein Log (Taj Mahal) :

2. Yun Hasraton Ke Daag (Adalat) :

3. Na Kisi Ki Aankh Ka Noor (Lal Quila) :

4. Zinda Hun Iss Tarah (Aag) :

5. Dil-E-Nadaan Tujhe Hua Kya Hai (Mirza Ghalib) :

6. Koi Ye Kaise Bataye (Arth) :

7. Patta Patta Boota Boota (Ek Nazar) :

8. Rehte The Kabhi Jimke Dil Mein (Mamta) :

9. Tang Aa Chuke Hain (Pyaasa) :

10. Hoshwaalon Ko Khabar Kya (Sarfarosh) :

11. Kisi Nazar Ko Tera Intezar (Aitbaar) :

12. Dil Ke Armaan (Nikaah) :

13. Hum Bekhudi Mein (Kala Paani) :

14. Aur Kya Ehed-E-Wafa Hote Hain (Sunny) :

15. Seene Mein Jalan (Gaman) :

16. Badi Nazuk Hai Ye (Jogger’s Park) :

17. Uthaye Ja Unke Sitam (Afsana) :

18. Phir Chhidi Raat (Bazaar) :

19. Hum Hain Mata-E-Koocha (Dastak) :

20. Zindagi Jab Bhi Teri Bazm Mein (Umrao Jaan) :

So, which favorite ghazal of yours would you like to add to this list?

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