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Remembering Jagjit Singh
Jagjit Singh died on October 10 due to brain haemorrhage. But the mesmerising voice that won him the tag of ‘ghazal king’ will remain fresh for generations to come
Indian ghazal king Jagjit Singh’s way of celebrating his 70th year was unique – he was aiming to complete 70 concerts by the end of the year. The man who gave ghazals a new lease of life managed only 46 such concerts before breathing his last. Singh, who learnt music under Pandit Chaganlal Sharma and then Ustad Jamaal Khan, rose to fame in the 1970s and 1980s with his lilting voice and refreshing style of rendering ghazals and devotional tracks. He was a Padma Bhushan awardee.
Born to a Sikh couple in Rajasthan on February 8, 1941, Singh went on to pursue post graduation in history from the Kurukshetra University in Haryana. Click here to read more
Jagjit Singh: Music world mourns the ghazal singer’s death
Well known singers like Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle Monday mourned the death of one of their own – renowned ghazal singer Jagjit Singh who passed away at a hospital after suffering a brain haemorrhage (aka cerebral haemorrhage) at the age of 70, leaving a vacuum in the world of music. “I am in shock after hearing about Jagjitji’s death. It is such a big loss, an end of an era. He was one artiste who never needed films to get popular. He was an instant hit,” said singing legend Lata Mangeshkar. “I can’t imagine the days when I will no longer be able to hear his silken voice, no longer be able to talk to him or listen to his new songs. Now his old ghazals is all we have. His soothing voice, his warmhearted nature are all gone now. He was the pride of India. I also feel bad for his wife Chitra, she is all alone now,” said Asha Bhosle. An upset Usha Uthup added that she could not even begin to describe her sadness. “I can’t even begin to tell you how sad I am. It is a horrible feeling. I have known him for 42 years of my singing career. What a wonderful human being he was. I cannot forget his insistence on using some musical instruments that no one else did. It is such a loss. Love you Jagjit,” Uthup said in a choked voice. Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas said he was “shattered and devastated”. “I didn’t want to hear this news. I was hanging on a thin tread of hope that Jagjitji will remain with us. His style was incomparable. He revolutionised the entire approach of this form of singing and gave a new dimension to non-film music.” Breathing his last at 8am Monday, Singh was admitted to Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital on September 23 after he suffered brain haemorrhage. He is survived by his wife Chitra Singh.
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