A quiet intensity, a hushed majesty and an ever-lasting grace. He was the master of understated excellence. And with that tremulous, velvet-laced voice, a voice that could elevate you to soaring peaks even as it drowned you in its unspoken depth, Talat Mahmood became the first male singer to bring the ghazal out of mehfils and into the hearts of people.

Talat Mahmood is considered one of the greatest male non-classical and semi-classical singers of the Indian sub-continent who conquered innumerable hearts and stirred countless souls with his beautifully soft silken voice and profoundly artistic subtle method of singing. He was a born singer with an intuitive sense of beauty, charm and grace. Although he tried his luck as a film actor, he couldn’t succeed a great deal in acting.