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Jagjit Singh: Shahrukh Khan, Yash Chopra, friends bid adieu
Family members, the music fraternity and fans bid a tearful farewell to ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh at his funeral here Tuesday. Jagjit Singh’s brother Kartar Singh along with his grandsons Armaan and Umer Chowdhary conducted his last rites. Jagjit Singh had lost his only son in a car accident in 1990 and considered Kartar’s family and children as his own. Jagjit Singh, 70, died here Monday in suburban Bandra’s Lilavati Hospital where he was admitted September 23 after he suffered a brain haemorrhage. He is survived by his wife Chitra. His mortal remains were brought to his Pedder Road residence in south Mumbai Tuesday morning, where many celebrities, friends and fans paid their final tributes to the soulful singer. The mortal remains where then taken to Chandanwadi crematorium in Marine Lines in south Mumbai. Prominent names in the music industry like renowned classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj, lyricist-composer Gulzar, Javed Akthar, actor-politician Raj Babbar, Vinod Khanna, actors Shabana Azmi, Shahrukh Khan, Raza Murad, singers Roopkumar Rathod, Sonu Nigam, Shaan, Mika, Ila Arun, music composers Kalyanji, Shekhar Ravjiani and filmmakers Yash Chopra, Subhash Ghai, Madhur Bhandarkar attended the funeral with moist-eyes and silent prayers. “I have known him through his songs since 1963 and I credit him for making this non-filmy form of music a household name,” said Jasraj. A Padma Bhushan recipient, Jagjit Singh had sung for many popular Hindi films. He also sang in several languages including Urdu, Punjabi, Gujarati and Nepali. “It is an irreparable loss to everyone. It feels extremely strange to see the maestro covered in a white cloth ready to leave us,” said Sonu Niigaam. The singer gave the industry memorable numbers like Hontho se chhoo lo tum, Tumko dekha toh yeh khayal aaya, Jhuki jhuki si nazar, Hoshwalon ko khabar kya and Badi nazuk hai among others.
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Jagjit Singh funeral today
Ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh, who died Monday of cerebral haemorrhage, will be cremated at south Mumbai’s Chandanwadi Crematorium at 4.30pm Tuesday. The cremation is expected to draw several celebrities along with his relatives from native Rajasthan. The legendary singer died at the age of 70, after being treated for brain haemorrhage since he was admitted to Bandra’s Lilavati Hospital on September 23. He was to perform with Pakistani ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali on the day he was taken to hospital. Singh leaves behind wife Chitra Singh, also a ghazal singer.
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Jagjit Singh made ghazals a household name: Prithviraj Chavan
Politicians in Maharashtra mourned the death of Jagjit Singh Monday, saying the ghazal maestro’s absence will be felt by the music fraternity and millions of his fans. Expressing his grief, Governor K Sankaranarayanan conveyed his condolences to Singh’s wife Chitra. “Jagjit Singh was gifted with a rarest kind of voice that made his compositions elegant, beautiful and timeless. His death is particularly shocking as he had few more years of a brilliant singing career still left in him. In his death, Maharashtra has lost one of its proud jewels,” he said in a message. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said: “Jagjit Singh made ghazals a household name. He simplified the otherwise elite form of singing and made it understandable for a common man. In his death, we have lost a popular ghazal maestro.” Public Works Minister Chhagan Bhujbal said: “Singh might not be in this world in his physical form today, but he will always be present in our lives in the form of his ghazals and music. His ghazals were simplistic yet profound. His contribution to the spread of indian music in the form of ghazals and bhajans (devotional songs) cannot be forgotten.” People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) also paid tribute to Singh and his concern for elephants who were being run over by speeding trains. “Singh’s efforts to help stop the cruelty to these magnificent giants will live on through PETA’s campaign until adequate steps are taken by the government to put their suffering to an end,” a PETA official said. Jagjit Singh had in April appealed to the then railway minister Mamata Banerjee to limit the speed of trains running through elephant corridors. Singh, who died in Mumbai after a brain haemorrhage at the age of 70, will be cremated Tuesday at Chandanwadi cemetery located in Marine Lines area of south Mumbai. Many Bollywood celebrities, including singers, are expected to attend the funeral.
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