"The Ghazals King"

Jagjit Singh

1941 - 2011

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Hosh Walon Ko Khabar Kya Bekhud Kya Cheez Hai...

The lilting voice of Ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh is almost captivating. His low notes dive into the depths of your heart and the lyrics are soul-searching. He is remembered for reviving the genre of gazals, adding poetry that the common man understood and giving it a new lease of life in Hindi cinema.

The 1970s and 1980s were Jagjit Singh's most magical years. Together with his wife and gazal singer Chitra Singh, he gave us some of the most memorable gazals of all times. In fact, the combination album of Arth and Saath Saath is said to be HMV's largest selling combination album of all time.

Gazal lovers still fondly recall the Tum itna kyon muskura rahe ho and Jhuki Jhuki si nazar from the movie Arth. It was almost like an introduction to the genre for those who hadn't enjoyed it earlier.

Jagjit Singh recorded plenty of albums in a number of languages. His most prominent ones are Sajda with Lata Mangeshkar and Nayi Disha (1999) and Samvedna (2002), lending composition and voice to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee's poetry.

Jagjit Singh's life turned tragic in the early 90s with the death of his son. While Chitra Singh stopped singing, he continued his career despite fighting depression. He is considered the greatest gazal singer of modern India and one of the most influential artists.

This super talented artist was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2003 and most fittingly in 2014 the Government of India released a postal stamp in his honour.

This is a SoulPrints tribute to the legendary singer Jagjit Singh, whose words did as much magic as his voice. 

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