Music expresses feeling and thought, without language; it was below and before speech, and it is above and beyond all words.
Talat Mahmood (February 24, 1924 – May 9, 1998) was a popularIndian playback singer and film actor. A recipient of the Padma Bhushan in 1992, he had a unique style of singing. He was famous for singing ghazals.
Talat apprenticed classical music under Pandit S.C.R. Bhat at Marris College of Music, presently Bhatkhande Music University, Lucknow some time in the 30s. He started his career purely as a ghazal singer in 1939. Talat Mahmood began his singing career at the age of 16 in 1939 when he began singing the Ghazals of Daag, Mir, Jigar etc. on All India Radio, Lucknow. His voice had a quality distinct from all the other singers. HMV was quick to notice this and offered Talat his first disc in 1941 Sab din ek samaan nahin tha, Bun jaoon ga kya se kya main, Iska to kuch dhyan nahin tha.
Even though Talat sang hundreds of hits, some of his most memorable songs from Indian cinema are: