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Jagjit Singh

Jagjit Singh was an Indian classical singer, composer, and musician known during his lifetime as "The Ghazal King." After Ravi Shankar, he is considered one of post-colonial India's most important and recognizable artists, and certainly its best-selling due to his soundtracks and scores for film and television, and his musical interpretation of the works of poets. Including scores, he recorded over 60 albums during his lifetime. He is known not only for his ghazals and singing in several languages, but also for Indian light classical music, including thumri and bhajan.

He and his wife, ghazal singer Chitra Singh, came to prominence during the '70s and '80s and revived the style of traditional singing that had languished since the late '50s. Composing in the Bol-pradhan style (sung poetry and vocal improvisation over set musical arrangements), he used simple melodies and modes to accompany lyrics that were considered current and relevant to contemporary life.

Singh, a Sikh, was born in the Punjab's Rajastan area. He began his musical studies at the Khalsa College Sr. Sec. School and pursued them at Khalsa College, Sriganganagar. He attained an arts degree and pursued post-graduate studies at Kurukshetra University in Haryana. He studied with Pandit Chhaganlal Sharma and Ustad Jamaal Khan. He began his professional singing and composing career for All India Radio in 1961. He moved to Mumbai in 1965 to try to establish himself as either a singer and/or composer in the massive Bollywood industry. It was hardly an auspicious beginning: he spent years writing and singing advertising jingles and eventually gained a slot doing playback singing in films. He met his future wife in 1967; they were married two years later. Though they performed as a duo, they were unable to record together until the middle of the '70s. Their debut album, The Unforgettables, was issued by HMV in 1977. Though they only sang together on two cuts, the single "Baat Niklegi" became their first hit; it was celebrated for its juxtaposition of modern arrangements and the classical ghazal form. Though the following ghazals issued a year later did well, they paled in comparison to 1979's double album Come Alive in a Live Concert with ‎Jagjit and Chitra Singh and 1981's Live in Concert at Wembley. 1981's Saath Saath and 1982's Arth -- both composed by Singh -- elevated their reputation to that of living legends. They are listed among HMV's best-selling soundtrack recording artists of all time. Singh's other film scores included Premgeet, Tum Bin, Sarfarosh, Dushman, and Tarkeeb.

In 1991, the Singhs' son Vivet was killed in a car accident. He was 21. Chitra retired from singing in the aftermath. Forced to go it alone, Singh collaborated with legendary ghazal singer Lata Mangeshkar on 1991's Sajda. It topped the charts instantly and eventually went on to become one of, if not the, best-selling non-soundtrack recording in HMV India's catalog. Singh recorded often, collaborating with poet/lyricist Gulzar. All of his albums during the '90s charted. He also began to work extensively in television during the '90s. He composed songs, serial music, and scores for Heena, Neem Ka Pead, and Hello Jhindagi, to name a few. He began teaching and mentored many Indian popular singers including Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Ashok Khosla, Ghanshyam Vaswani, Siza Roy, Talat Aziz, and Vinod Sehgal. During the era, Singh discovered and mentored the prolific Indian playback singer Kumar Sanu, and continued to perform, record, and compose songs and film scores. In 1998, he was given the Sahitya Academy Award, a literary honor for popularizing the work of poet Mirza Ghalib with his score and soundtrack for the television series of the same name. In 2003, he was given the Padma Bhushan, a high-level civilian award by the Indian government. He received a Teacher's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.

In 2011, before a concert with Ghulam Ali, Singh suffered a brain hemorrhage. He passed away on September 23. He was posthumously awarded the Rajasthan Ratnain 2013, the highest civilian award by the state government of Rajasthan. Google celebrated him with a home page doodle that same year. The popularity of Singh's music has only spread since his death. His recordings and compilations have been reissued numerous times throughout Europe and Asia. ~ Thom Jurek
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Parwaaz - 2

Disc 1

1. Yaad Nahin

2. Tere Barey Mein

3. Hosh Walon Ko

4. Kagaz Ki Kashti

5. Kiska Chera

6. Kal Chaudhvi Ki Raat

7. Tera Chehra Kitna

Disc 2

1. Baat Niklegi To

2. Aadmi Aadmi

3. Tumko Dekha To

4. Pyaar Ka Pehla Khat

5. Tere Khushboo Mein

6. Jhuki Jhuki Si Nazar

7. Hoton Se Choo Lo Tum

8. Mitti Da Bawa

9. Seene Mein Sulagate.. Bachpan Ki Mohabbat

10. Yaad Kiya Dil Ne

11. Chulle Agg Na

12. Sare Pindich Pyare

13. Jind Mahi Bajh Tere

14. O Balle Balle

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Track List: Legends - Maestro Melodies In A Milestone Collection

Disc 1

1. Woh Kagaz Ki Kashti

2. Jhuki Jhuki Si Nazar

6. Hazaron Khwahishen Aisi

7. Aah Ko Chahiye

8. Woh Firaaq

9. Kisko Aati Hai Masihai

11. Aye Gham-E-Dil Kya Karoon

12. Samne Hai Jo Use

15. Koi Yeh Kaise Bataye

16. Pyar Mujh Se Jo Kiya

Disc 2

2. Tere Khushboo Mein Base Khat

3. Yeh Tera Ghar Yeh Mera Ghar

6. Yeh Bata De Mujhe Zindagi

8. Apni Aankhon Ke Samundar Mein

10. Kisko Qatil Main Kahoon

Disc 3

5. Dil Hi To Hai

Disc 4

2. Tere Khayal Ki

3. Main Na Hindu Na Musalman

7. Jaate Jaate Woh Mujhe

10. Kya Khoya Kya Paya

11. Tum Meri Rakho Laaj Hari

12. Mere Man Ke Andh Tamas Mein Jyotirmai Utaro

13. Beet Gaye Din Bhajan Bina Re

Disc 5

4. Chithi Na Koi Sandesh

7. Raat Ghataye Jaadu Khushboo

13. Patta Patta Boota Boota

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Track List: Tum Toh Nahin Ho

1. Mujhe Tumse Mohabbat

2. Sunli Jo Khuda Ne

3. Khush Rahe

4. Jis Din Se

5. Mohabbaton Mein

6. Woh Nahin Mila

7. Kabhi To Aasma Se

8. Raat Aankhon Mein Dhali

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No songs are as beautiful as Hindi or Indian
Kit. Singh
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I like it
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I like it
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mahen.nana
Blissful bhajans mesmerising
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Leaves my heart restless and yearning for more.. Much love & respect sir!!! May you rest in peace..
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Bhamkti bhajan
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I know jai Radhanmadhav e
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This is not Jagjit Singh /but Jasraj
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pjani14
I and my husband loved him in any which way. He had left magic in our life. He is with us.
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pjani14
He has left magic in our life. He still in my heart alive. Pan a jani
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Great Lord, May Jagjit get to entertain you as he did for us, a true Maestro
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latha.gurudu t t
One and only ghazalmaestr o . H i s rendering of Har taraf har jagah beshumar aadmi is exemplary.gu r u d u t t .
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nickkulldude 2 0 0 1
Amazing vocal, emotion intertwined with beautiful melody that tugs at any heart that can hear this heavenly voice.
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ramesars
This music touches your soul, why listen to anything else that has little meaning.
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nabeelq
Simply beautiful
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Traditional, modern, timeless, for all cultural backgrounds. . . . h i s is humanity, in song...
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Jagjit Singh is my favorites
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maryamsheikh 0
He is indeed one of the great ghazal singers, the vocals, music and lyrics it's magical.
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Was introduce to jagjit singh by my late husband and now he is my favorite . His music has help me during a. Very difficult time in my life. Few of his ghazal is the story of life!!!
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Among the best
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wmorgan95
Just discovered Jagjit has some albums on Pandora! Wow, I love this guy and his wife. I love the bhajans. They got me through some difficult (sad) times during a long stay in Kolkata. There is a truly magic quality in his voice.
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giri.vag
One of my best singer,when ever I hear songs really touches to my heart. May be romantic ,bhajans &sad songs. Really terrific.We miss him lot.
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jagjit was the best an will always be will live on forever in the heart of millions includin my own god bless his soul
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Jagjit is a superb singer. His voice touches your soul. I have been spell bound by his gazals since early 70s when I heard him at Ludhiana. He will be missed.
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need mora Bhajans like this one
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jainrahul83
I am a huge fan of the ghazal king- Jagjit Singh. He will always remain in my heart and will be dearly missed.. RIP Jagjit Singh!!
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i love jagjit. Around 21 years ago i felt in love with an artist. that was jagjit singh. i was just 14 years then.first song i heard of him was on DD NATIONAL CHANNEL. he was singing for Talveen singht's Serial HELLO ZINDAGI..... . H o w can i forget that.After that i have heard his Mirage, Face to Face, In
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nupurarora
jagjit was probably the first person to liberate the ghazal from the clutches of classical singing and gave it light melodies so that all types of people would be able to appreciate it. Ghazal is the only form where you appreciate the poetry first and then the melody. I give him a lot of credit for bringing ghazals to the masses. We all know however that he has an immense understandin g of classical music and can even sing notes that do not exist in a traditional harmonium! My all time favorite s
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@Brian: It is another Genre that is hear da lot in South East asia in the India/Pakist a n region. Here is a more detail explanation from wiki http://en.wi k i p e d i a . o r g / w i k i / G a z a l
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btcskins2003
Amit, What is Ghazal?
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Jagjit Singh is a greatest Ghazal singer of the world. I wish Pandora can have all of his albums here.
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ash.thakur
Amazing entertainer - saw a Live Show and have not been that enthralled before or since ...

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