Father of Talat Mahmood
(1890 - 1955)
Talat Mahmood comes from a highly
respected and reputed ancestry. His father Manzoor Mahmood belonged to
Makhdoom Shah Bahaul-Haq of Baba Farid Ganj Shakar dynasty.
Manzoor Mahmood had the distiction of
accompanying the renowned Dr. Ansari on his famed Medical Mission to
Turkey in 1912. (Dr. Ansari was an Indian nationalist and
political leader - very close to Mahatma Gandhi and deeply involved in
the Indian Independence Movement and Khilafat Movement)
Manzoor Mahmood had the gift of a
powerful singing voice. He sang Allama Iqbal's famous 'tarana'
Chin-o- Arab Hamara Hindustan Hamara in a public meeting in Lucknow
where Allama Iqbal was also present. The crowds were overjoyed and
honoured Manzoor Mahmood by lifting him on their shoulders! A record of
this song in Manzoor Mahmood's voice was made.
Manzoor Mahmood also had the honour of
being a much respected and revered 'Sajjadanasheen' - caretaker to the
Makhdoom Shah Dargah in Amethi.
Manzoor Mahmood had 6 children (3 sons
and 3 daughters) All his children had extremely melodious singing
voices, but it was only Talat who was destined to become a Singing
Legend revered by millions around the world !
A classic photo of MANZOOR MAHMOOD sitting on right with his 3 sons:
TALAT standing left, HAYAT (standing right) and KAMAL (sitting left)
Manzoor Mahmood with his entire family:
From left Manzoor, Kamal, Talat, Hayat, his wife Rafi-un-nissa.
In front are his daughters Azra, Khalida and Laila