Lucknow’s Ghazal culture is the stuff of legends. The melodious harmony of words, poetry, music and meaning has the power to melt even the toughest of hearts and transport people to a completely different era. The subtle shift in tonality, the soothing music and the grandeur transports us to the era, where sitting by the porch and listening to a singer croon to the tunes of the likes of Jagjit Singh and Pankaj Udhas.

What an era and what a world to live in. To reminisce of the days gone by and recall what living life in leisure truly means, head to the Bhatkhande Music Institute at Parivartan Chowk, Qaiserbagh and let the fever of poetry and let Ranjeet take you to a different world.

If you feel the tiniest bits of remorse when Jagjit Singh croons “Magar mujhko lauta do bachpan ke mele, wo kagaz ki kashti, wo barish ka pani” and your eyes tear up when Pankaj Udhas sang “Chitthi aayi hai”, this event is for you.

The Prince of Ghazal, Ranjeet Rajwada is going to be in the city this weekend and we cannot wait to get there.

Ranjeet Rajwada of the Zee, Sa Re Ga Ma fame, was a child prodigy who bloomed into one of the foremost ghazal singers in the country. With achievements such as ‘Balshree’ and ‘SaReGaMaPa Superstar 2010’, under his belt, Ranjeet is the youngest ghazal maestro the country has seen.

Though the man holds his own when it comes to beautiful melodies, the maestro will immediately remind you of the legends such as ‘Ustad Ghulam Ali’ and ‘Jagjit Singh’.

So take out some time from your weekend and head to Bhatkhande and lose yourself into the dulcet tones of Ranjeet and the musical symphonies of ghazals.

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