Iqbal Bano PP 1935, Delhi – 21 April 2009, Lahore was a highly acclaimed female Ghazal singer from Pakistan. She was best known for her semi-classical Urdu ghazal songs and classical thumris, but also sang easy-listening numbers in 1950s films.
Iqbal Bano was born in Delhi, British India. From a young age, she developed a love for music. It was a crucial moment of her life when her friend’s father told Bano’s father, “My daughters do sing reasonably well, but Iqbal is blessed in singing. She will become a big name if you begin her training.” Her father allowed her to study music.
In Delhi, she studied under Ustad Chaand Khan of the Delhi Gharana, an expert in all kinds of pure classical and light classical forms of vocal music. He instructed her in pure classical music and light classical music within the framework of classical forms of thumri and dadra. She was duly initiated Gaandaabandh shagird of her Ustad.
The Professor Chaand Khan has to All India Radio, Delhi, where she sang on the radio.
In 1952, she married 17-year-old, in a family of landowners in Pakistan. Moved to Multan with her husband, who promised that he would never try to prevent them from singing, but would encourage it and encourage it. She stars by the 1950s, and singing songs soundtracks for films Urdu famous like Gumnaam (1954), Qatil (1955), Inteqaam (1955), Sarfarosh (1956), Ishq-E-Laila (1957), and Nagin (1959).
Her husband died in 70, and later moved to Lahore from Multan. It was noted that his mood was a special occasion to sound types such as thumri, Dadra and Ghazal.
Were invited at a later Iqbal Bano by Radio Pakistan for Offers classic. Ceremony took her audience for the first time in 1957, the Arts Council in Lahore.
And were considered to be specialized in singing ghazals of Faiz Ahmed Faiz. In 1985, became a symbol of worship of Bannu when provoked strong crowd of 50,000 people in Lahore by singing Faiz, Urdu anthem emotional, Dekhenge home (we’ll see), although the poet works banned by the regime of General Zia’s military because of his close ties with Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. In time, I was born is the most attractive and the public has become more specialized in singing and speech of Faiz Ahmed Faiz.  Her ghazals and abetting an act of defiance and resistance at a time when the government manipulated its people like robots.She was considered a great singer of the ghazals of Nasir Kazmi. She also sang Persian poetry, which became popular in Iran and Afghanistan. In pre-1979 Afghanistan, she was often invited to the annual cultural fair, the Jashn-e-Kabul.
In light classical, her presentation of Thumris in Raag Khamaj (Kahay Sataey Mohe), Tilak Kamod (Sautan Fhar Na Ja), Des (Naheen Parey Mohe Chaen), Pilu (Gori Torey Naina Kajal Bin Kalay) and others such renderings which have become ever-green classics
Music lovers noted some similarities between Bano and Begum Akhtar, especially some marked resemblances in their styles of singing. Bano’s recitals stuck to a classical style that lays more stress on the raag purity.
She was awarded the Pride of Performance by the Pakistani Government in 1974 for her outstanding achievements in classical music.
Pride of Performance(1974)
At the age of 74, Iqbal Bano died in Lahore on April 21, 2009, after a short illness.
Iqbal Bano Pictures