Jagjit Singh: The king of Ghazal

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JAGJIT SINGH

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Jagjit Singh is one of the most popular Ghazal  singer composer, and musician known for his soulful voice and mastery over classical music.. His music is very melodious and his voice blends beautifully with the music. Jagjit Singh is the first person to be given the credit for taking the initiative to the common man by taking the ghazals which are considered to be the property of those who know pure Urdu , glimmering in the world of Nawabs-Rakkasas and boasting of wah-wah in the gatherings of poets. He was born on February 8, 1941, in the city of Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan, India. Singh started his musical journey at a young age and went on to become one of the most celebrated and beloved musicians in India.

Jagjit Singh’s family moved to Jalandhar, Punjab, where he received his formal education. During his college years, he developed a keen interest in music and began learning classical music from the renowned musician Pandit Chaganlal Sharma. Singh also received training in Western classical music, which gave him a unique edge in his musical style.

Musical Carrier :

Jagjit Singh’s musical career took off in the 1970s, when he began composing and singing ghazals, a form of Urdu poetry that is set to music. He collaborated with many lyricists, including Gulzar, Javed Akhtar, and Nida Fazli, to produce some of the most memorable ghazals in Indian music history. His music was known for its soothing melody and heartfelt lyrics, and it resonated deeply with audiences across India and beyond.

Some of Jagjit Singh’s most famous albums include “The Unforgettable”, “Silsilay”, and “Mirage”. He also composed music for films and TV shows, including the popular TV series “Mirza Ghalib”, which featured his renditions of Ghalib’s poetry.

Jagjit Singh’s contribution to Indian music was widely recognized, and he received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, one of India’s highest civilian honors, in 2003. He was also awarded the Sahitya Academy Award for his contribution to literature and the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award for promoting communal harmony.

Some Ghazal album of Jagit Singh :

  • ogether (1999)
  • Silsile (1998)
  • The Playback Years, The (1998)
  • Love is Blind (1997)
  • Eternity (1997)
  • Unique (1996)
  • Jam Utha (1996)
  • In Harmony
  • Cry for Cry (1995)
  • Mirage (1995)
  • Insight (1994)
  • Desires (1994)
  • Ecstasies (1994)
  • Ada (1993)
  • Encore (1993)
  • Live with Jagjit Singh (1993)
  • Face to Face (1993)
  • In Search (1992)
  • Visions (1992)
  • Rare Gems (1992)
  • Sajda (1991)
  • Hope (1991)
  • Kahkashan (1991)
  • Someone Somewhere (1990)
  • Your Choice
  • Mirza Ghalib (1988)
  • Beyond Time (1987)
  • Passion – also known as “Black Magic” (1987)
  • Live in Concert (1987)
  • The Unforgettable (1987)
  • A Sound Affair, A (1985)
  • Echoes (1985)
  • Live at Royal Albert Hall (1983)
  • The Latest (1982)
  • Live in Concert at Wembley (1981)
  • Me and my loneliness (1981)
  • A Milestone (Milestone, A) (1980)
  • Unforgettables (1976)

 Some populer song of Jagjit Singh :

Jagjit Singh was a prolific artist with an extensive discography that included many popular songs. He was known for his soulful voice and his mastery over ghazals, a form of Urdu poetry set to music. Some of his most popular songs include:

  1. Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahe Ho – This song from the album “Arth” is one of Jagjit Singh’s most famous compositions. It features poignant lyrics by Kaifi Azmi and a beautiful melody that showcases Singh’s vocal range.

  2. Hoshwalon Ko Khabar Kya – This song from the album “Sarfarosh” is a classic example of Singh’s ability to infuse ghazals with a contemporary touch. The song features lyrics by Nida Fazli and a haunting melody that lingers long after the song is over.

  3. Jhuki Jhuki Si Nazar – This song from the album “Arth” is another classic example of Singh’s ability to convey emotion through his voice. The song features lyrics by Kaifi Azmi and a melody that is both soothing and haunting.

  4. Yeh Tera Ghar Yeh Mera Ghar – This song from the album “Saath Saath” is a romantic duet featuring Singh and his wife Chitra Singh. The song features lyrics by Javed Akhtar and a melody that captures the essence of love and togetherness.

  5. Woh Kagaz Ki Kashti – This song from the album “A Sound Affair” is a haunting ballad that showcases Singh’s ability to convey the pain of lost love. The song features lyrics by Sudarshan Faakir and a melody that is both haunting and memorable.

  6. Koi Fariyaad – This song from the album “Tum Bin” is a beautiful ballad that showcases Singh’s ability to convey the pain of longing. The song features lyrics by Faaiz Anwar and a melody that is both haunting and soothing.

  7. Chitthi Na Koi Sandesh – This song from the movie “Dushman” is one of Singh’s most popular film songs. It features lyrics by Anand Bakshi and a melody that is both haunting and melodious.

  8. Kiska Chehra – This song from the album “Kiska Chehra” is a romantic ballad that showcases Singh’s ability to convey the essence of love through his voice. The song features lyrics by Sameer and a melody that is both soothing and captivating.

  9. Jab Samne Tum Aa Jate Ho – This song from the movie “Jurm” is a romantic duet featuring Singh and Asha Bhosle. The song features lyrics by Indeevar and a melody that captures the essence of love and longing.

  10. Tera Chehra – This song from the album “Tera Chehra” is a beautiful ballad that showcases Singh’s ability to convey the pain of lost love. The song features lyrics by Nida Fazli and a melody that is both haunting and memorable.

Jagjit Singh passed away on October 10, 2011, but his music continues to live on and inspire generations of music lovers. His soulful voice and beautiful compositions will always be remembered as a testament to the power of music to bring people together and touch our hearts.

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