- Birth Date: 15 May 1955
- Birth Place: Hyderabad
Talat Aziz as a ghazal ace needs no introduction.He is a singer with a mellufluous and soft voice, well suited for ghazals.Talat wanted to be a top cricketer but fate willed it otherwise. Not that he has any regrets.
Talath Abdul Azeez Khan aka Talat Aziz was born to Abdul Azeem Khan and Sajida Abid in 1956 in Hyderabad. Talatís mother, Sajida, is a famous Urdu, writer and poet. Talatís family loved fine arts. They used to organize Mehfils in their house in which great artists like Jagjit Singh took part.
This influenced young Talat and he was into music from an early age. He took his initial training in music from Kirana Gharana. Talat was trained primarily by Ustad Samad Khan and later by Ustad Fayaz Ahmed who were famous in classical music industry.
After the initial training Talat decided to learn music from music maestro Mehdi Hassan. On many occasions, he shared the same stage with Mehdi Hassan during concerts in India and abroad.
His first major performance was in Hyderabad at a place called King Kothi. He sang before a crowd of over 5,000. He sung "Kaise Sukoon Paoon" and some ghazals by noted shaayars of Hyderabad. Though he was nervous at his first performance in front of audience yet he performed well.
After his graduation he moved to Bombay in 1979 on a suggestion from Jagjit. He learnt classical music Ustad Samaad Khan and Faiyaz Ahmed Khan. And even briefly from Mehdi Hassan. With the help of Jagjit he released his first album in 1979, Jagjit Singh Presents Talat Aziz. But for several years he was to struggle for a living.
Jagjit Singh suggested Talat to move to Mumbai after his graduation in 1979. With Jagjit Singhís help, he released his first album in 1979, titled Jagjit Singh presents Talat Aziz. Talat also sang some ghazals in films like Umrao Jaan and Bazaar, which were super-hit.
Talat also composes music for TV serials and has also acted in several of them. He composed music for teleserials like Deewar, Baaz, Adhikaar, Ghutan, Sailaab, Aashirwaad and the magnum opus, Noorjehan. His acting was appreciated in serials like Ghulam, Manzil, Sahil, Sailaab, Dil Apna Aur Preet Parayee and Noorjehan a TV serial written by Nida Fazli. Talat released many albums like Talat Aziz live, Lehren, Ehsaas, Suroor, Manzil, Saughaat, Dhadkan, Irshaad, etc.
The singer's first ghazal musical video of Tasavvur, a ghazal sung by him, to his credit.He is often seen on the small screen.However, his fans would love to see him on the silver screen too.He worked in a film in 1990.It was Mahesh Bhatt's `Dhun' opposite Sangeeta Bijlani. The film never got released.
The late 60's and early 70's saw the steady deterioration of Hindi film music, and before one could say K.L. Saigal, the disco trend had caught on youngsters who preferred the wild beats of western pop and disco music to the lilting tunes of Hindi films. It was during that time a music form which gradually but definitely became popular was 'ghazals'.
Begum Akhtar had her following of ghazal lovers. Then came Mehdi Hassan's , Ghulam Aliwho was equally well known.On this side of the border, the Indian couple Jagjit and Chitra Singh, the ghazal exponents did live shows and sang at private mehfils. During that period Sanjeev Kohli,son of Madan Mohan, discovered a singer called Talat Aziz , who was young, good-looking, malleable and above all, he had a good voice. Jagjit Singh had already heard Talat sing at a Mehfil in Hyderabad, so he agreed to compose his first album.In 1979 his first album titled "Jagjit Singh presents Talat Aziz" came out which was phenomenal success thus gave him a launch pad for his meteoric rise.
Music India then decided to experiment Talat on his own - to see whether he was good enough on his own or whether Jagjit's name had contributed to the success of the album. But even his second album and subsequent releases did extremely well.The rest is history.....
Since then he has released various albums like Talat Aziz live, Lehren, Ehsaas, Suroor, Manzil, Saughaat, Dhadkan, Irshaad, etc. He is equally versatile while singing a popular hit like "Damadam mast Kalandar" or the soul stirring rendition of "Aaina Mujhse Meri" from the film Daddy. Between 1979 and 1984 he was the top artist recording for Music India Company. In 1984, he joined HMV, the giant recording company.