Monday, October 10, 2011

Legend of Music Jagjit Singh passed away!- By: Sanna Nasser Sheikh

King of Ghazal, Jagjit Singh passed away!

Jagjit Singh was born on February 8, 1941 & died on October 10, 2011. He was a most leading Ghazal singer, composer, music director, activist and entrepreneur. He has been popularly known as "The Ghazal King" he gained more fame & praising together with his wife, another renowned Indian Ghazal singer Chitra Singh, in the 1970s and 1980s, as the first ever successful 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 his melodies in Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Gujarati, Sindhi and Nepali languages. He was awarded India's third highest civilian honour, the Padma Bhushan, in 2003. Jagjit singh suffered an intracranial hemorrhagic stroke. He underwent a surgery at Lilavati Hospital in Bandra on 23rd September 2011 but he passed away on 10 October 2011(8 am) at the age of 70 in Mumbai at Lilavati hospital.

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