Ghazal singer Jagjit Singh died on Monday October 10 in Mumbai.
The 70-year old Jagjit Singh was admitted in Mumbai’s Lilavati hospital after he suffered brain hemorrhage last month. He underwent two surgeries and was on life support.Jagjit Singh is survived by his wife Chitra Singh. Their son Vivek Singh died in a road accident in 1990. Their famous album ‘Someone Somewhere’ was produced in memory of Vivek Singh.
Born on February 8, 1941, Jagjit singh was a singer, composer, activist and entrepreneur. He has sung in several languages including Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and Nepali. Jagjit Singh entered the music circuit at a time which was primarily dominated by Pakistani ghazal singers, and Indian singers were considered relatively lesser authentic than their Pakistani counterparts.
Unlike other ghazal singers, Jagjit Singh did not hesitate in lending his voice for films. His silky voice ruled during early 80′s in films like Prem Geet, Saath Saath and Arth. However, his major work is spread over more than 60 filmy and non filmy albums.
Remembering his contribution, noted classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj said, “I have lost a beautiful friend. His contribution was immense. After Begum Akhtar he was the one who revived Ghazals.”
Singer Asha Bhosle said, “If am feeling very sad…Chitra is very lonely now.”
Composer Lalit said, “He was a great human being. Exactly one year back he had celebrated his birthday, he was dancing…he was a man with so much of life.”