Remembering Jagjit Singh: The Ghazal Maestro on his 78th Birth Anniversary

Today is the 78th birth anniversary of the real talented Jagjit Singh. He was born in Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan. Jagjit Singh revived popularized Ghazals in India and abroad. The song ‘tum itna jo muskura rahe ho’  to ‘chitti na koi Sandesh ‘ he has proved time. He is the epitome of beautiful songs and with his death. There has been a gap filled in the music fraternity that will never be filled.

He has lent his voice to some devotional songs. They are still the most played ones in all places of worship. He also sang songs for various Bollywood films. His voice has taken the songs to another level, Koi Fariyaad (Tum Bin), Badi Nazuk Hai (Jogger’s Park) and Haath Choote (Pinjar) have etched a strong mark in the minds of listeners.

Listeners from all age group and class can connect to his voice and the songs leave a deep impact on the souls. Take any ghazal and his voice would just cast a magical spell on his voice. The choice of words and the way of singing deeply reflected his inner being that was pure and chaste and the best part was that it was simple.

Married to another noted singer Chitra Dutta in 1969 the two had a son who also had died in a car accident. Unfortunately, he suffered brain hemorrhage on September 23, 2011, and after 2 weeks in a coma, he bid adieu to the world. Though he may not be physically present here his legacy of the beautiful songs continues to stay with us and much beyond us.

Fans and all from Bollywood paid tribute to the Ghazal maestro. The Pakistani singers dominated the ghazal industry but his golden voice and diligence made him the most loved and appreciated ghazal singer.

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