Golden Era

Jagjit Singer, The Ghazal Maestro No More

Jagjit Singh (Punjabi: ਜਗਜੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ, Hindi: जगजीत सिंह) (February 8, 1941 – October 10, 2011) was an Indian Ghazal singer, composer, music director, etc. He breathed his last at 8 a.m., on Monday, Oct 10, 2011 at the age of 70. He was admitted to Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital on Sep 23 after he suffered brain haemorrhage.

Popularly known as “The Ghazal King” he gained acclaim together with his wife, another renowned Indian Ghazal singer Chitra Singh, in the 1970s and 1980s, as the first ever successful duo act (husband-wife) in the history of recorded Indian music. Together, they are considered to be the pioneers of modern Ghazal singing and regarded as most successful recording artistes outside the realm of Indian film music. He has sung in Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Gujarati, Sindhi and Nepali languages. He was awarded India’s third highest civilian honour, the Padma Bhushan, in 2003.

Bollywood actors and directors paid rich tribute to ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh, describing his death as the loss of a “true legend”.

From contemporaries like Mahesh Bhatt and Shaban Azmi to admirers like Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan, Bollywood personalities mourned the demise of the ghazal king.

Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt said that his national award winning film ‘Arth’ attained such heights because of its music, which was composed by Singh and his wife Chitra.

“My film ‘Arth’ would not have touched the hearts of millions of people without the contribution of Jagjit Singh. Thank you friend. Thank you,” Bhatt wrote on Twitter.

Veteran actress Shabana Azmi, who starred in ‘Arth’, said, “Jagjit Singh no more. His contribution to the ghazal in India is unparalleled. Big loss,” Shabana Azmi said.

Acclaimed filmmaker and friend, Shekhar Kapur also paid his tribute.

“A heart that captured millions through poetry and song. Goodbye Jagjit, dear friend,” said Kapur.

Here is short glimpse of his work as tribute by musicNmovies family and fans all over the globe.

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Alternatively, you can also listen to some his finest Ghazal Collection, contributed by Youtube LISTEN HERE


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