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Jagjit Singh, the ‘Ghazal King’ of India’s birth anniversary

Jagjit Singh, the ‘Ghazal King’ of India’s birth anniversary was born on on 8 February 1941, in Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan. When we heard the name Jagjit Singh our mind automatically says the ‘GAZAL KING’ or the man who made India go crazy about gazal in the time of Hip Hop and Rock & Roll. Since the 1970’s Jagjit Singh is ruling the heart of every Hindustani classical Gazal lover till this date.

Jagjit Singh, the ‘Ghazal King’ of India
Jagjit Singh, the ‘Ghazal King’ of India’s birth anniversary

Several singers have attempted their hands-on and their charming work on song Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahe Ho, a song from the Shabana Azmi’s movie called, Arth, which was released in the year 1982, but nothing moves your soul the way the real single does or like Jagjit Singh’s song does. Jagjit Singh’s soothing mesmerizing voice makes the song Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahe Ho an immortal classic song even today. Here are a few lines of the evergreen song: 

“Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahe Ho

Kya Gham Hai Jisko Chhupa Rahe Ho,

tum itna jo muskura rahe ho

Aankhon Mein Nami, Hansi Labon Par

Kya Haal Hai Kya Dikha Rahe Ho,

kya gam hai jisko chhupa rahe ho

tum itna kyon muskura rahe ho”.

Jagjit Singh was one of the greatest prominent Ghazal singers of the contemporary period. The name Jagjit indicates the one who gains a victory over the globe. In a period where the modern age is directed towards rock and hip hop music, it is delightful to witness them appreciate Jagjit Singh ghazals as thoroughly. His real name was ‘Jagmohan Singh Dhiman’ but most of the people who know him profoundly called him ‘Jeet’.

Jagjit Singh's shayri
Jagjit Singh’s shayri

It has been more than three decades since well known Indian poet and lyricist Sudarshan Faakir wrote the magnificent wonderful verses that start with Woh Kaagaz Ki Kashti… These lines, about needing to experience that innocence of adolescence, achieved glory on their individual. 

But later when Jagjit Singh harmonized them for the director Mahesh Bhatt’s movie called Aaj, he fetched out the sentimentality of the melody in a way that conveyed listeners to another dimension of peace this song was a popularly hit amongst youth in that period even in today’s generation. It was just because of the voice of the King of Gazal, his voice was so soothing that calm a storming soul with his melodies harmonized voice.

Jagjit learned Indian classical music under a famous maestro like Ustad Jamal Khan and accomplished the best form in classical music like Khayal, Thumri, including Dhrupad. In the year 1965, he went to Bombay seeking a breakthrough in the domain of the music industry. Any aspiring musician faces struggles at the beginning of their career and it’s normals to be said. 

As he was in the initial years of his sooner spectacular future afflictions before eventually securing an unforgettable emblem in the music business. As a budding artist, he started his musical career as a jingle artist for All India Radio’s (AIR) Jalandhar station. He met his future wife at the AIR station her name is Chitra. Jagjit was then controlling the business of music when he met his wife, Chitra Singh, in AIR studio in the year 1967. 

Jagjit Singh's famous 'Woh Kaagaz Ki Kashti' song
Jagjit Singh’s famous ‘Woh Kaagaz Ki Kashti’ song

As they worked together their stronger chemistry starts to grow. When Jagjit asked Chitra to marry him, she didn’t say yes. The reason was that she was already married to Debo Prasad Dutta. But in the year 1968, Chitra had separated ways from her husband and was living independently. It is saying that when Chitra refused to marry Jagjit he asked her former husband for her hand in marriage, this kind of sounds filmy but it is real. He asked her former husband “I want to marry your wife.” Fortunately, everything worked out and the couple tied the note in the year 1969. 

Around the 1970s, the period when ghazals world were commanded by distinguished celebrities like Noor Jehan, Mehdi Hassan, Begum Akhtar, Talat Mahmood, and Malika Pukhraj. Jagjit Singh carved his way out be in the distinguished names of Gazal world and be one of the best. Soon his efforts became fruitful and he released his first album called “The Unforgettables”, which was a combination of half-classical Indian melodies. 

After the death of his son Vivek in the year 1990 he took a break from the music industry only to returned to the world of music to make it his instrument to express his sorrow. Some of his remarkable works were released in the year 1990 like ‘Sajda’ with legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar‘Someone Somewhere, Hope’, ‘Kahkashan‘ with famous Indian writer Ali Sardar JaffriSilsilay with well known Indian writer Javed Akhtar, and ‘Marasim with Gulzar. 

His famous music collections are Hare Krishna, Maa, Man Jeetai Jagjeet, including Hey Ram many more. In the year 2003, the Government of India awarded the Padma Bhushan award to Jagjit Singh. The king of Gazal passed away on 10 October 2011 in Mumbai.