I’ll be honest my family loves ghazals, but I was never really a big fan. I know they are all really deep, hold a lot of meaning but personally I like more boppy “item numbers” as I like to call them.

Jokingly my parents think I’m just a bit uncultured however, I do understand and appreciate the art that it takes to learn and uphold such an art form.

Nowadays most songs revolve around “chummas”, “chamak challo’s” or even “chunariyas”. Some may argue that many of these songs lack meaning and deep emotions. However, these have a tremendous fan base! Surprisingly, I discovered today that so do ghazals.

Today I was joined by ghazal singer Jaswinder Singh, a globally well-recognized name. Jaswinder Singh was born in Mumbai and is the son of Kuldeep Singh, who composed ghazals such as Tumko dekha to ye khayal aaya and Itni shakti hame dena daata, and wrote music for the movies Saath Saath and Ankush.

 He was trained in classical singing by Dr Sushila Pohankar and Pt. Ajay Pohankar, and the classical singer Jagjit Singh. Jaswinder Singh was chosen to sing for the play ‘Kaifi Aur Main’, an epistolary style play dealing with the life and times of the noted lyricist and poet Kaifi Azmi. The play features the husband and wife duo of Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi. The lead actors share interesting anecdotes from the life of the great revolutionary poet Kaifi Sahib, while Jaswinder lends his voice to some of the most memorable ghazals and songs penned by Kaifi Saheb.He talked about the amazing experience he had working with them both and was excited that it would be coming to the UK very soon.

He performed at Ghalibnaama, a conceptual show based on the prose and poetry of Mirza Ghalib. Jaswinder Singh has toured US, Canada, UK, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and Muscat. He has performed over 500 live concerts and it was amazing to see that he was so down to earth even after all of his experiences and having worked with such great names in the industry such as AR Rahman.

After speaking to Jaswinder and hearing his amazing voice, I have to say he is incredibly humble and highly talented after hearing him perform some ghazals on the show it is fair to say that he is not only an amazing artist within his own right but he has certainly inspired me to listen to more ghazals and study the in depth meaning behind some of the beautiful words created by the likes of Mirza Ghalib.