Family members, the music fraternity and fans bid a tearful farewell to ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh at his funeral in Mumbai on Tuesday evening. Jagjit Singh’s brother Kartar Singh along with his grandsons Armaan and Umer Chowdhary conducted his last rites. Singh had lost his only son in a car accident in 1990 and considered Kartar’s family and children as his own. The singer’s mortal remains were brought to his Peddar Road residence in south Mumbai on Tuesday morning, where many celebrities, friends and fans paid their final tributes.
The remains were then taken to Chandanwadi crematorium in Marine Lines in south Mumbai. Prominent names from the film and music industry like renowned classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj, lyricist-composer Gulzar, Javed Akthar, actor-politician Raj Babbar, Vinod Khanna, actors Shabana Azmi, Shah Rukh Khan, Raza Murad, singers Roopkumar Rathod, Sonu Nigam, Shaan, Mika, Ila Arun, music composers Kalyanji, Shekhar Ravjiani and filmmakers Yash Chopra, Subhash Ghai, Madhur Bhandarkar attended the funeral with moist-eyes and silent prayers.
“I have known him through his songs since 1963 and I credit him for making this non-filmy form of music a household name,” said Jasraj. A Padma Bhushan recipient, Jagjit Singh had sung for many popular Hindi films. He also sang in several languages including Urdu, Punjabi, Gujarati and Nepali.”It is an irreparable loss to everyone. It feels extremely strange to see the maestro covered in a white cloth ready to leave us,” said Sonu Nigam.
The singer gave the industry memorable numbers like “Hontho se chhoo lo tum” (“Prem Geet”), “Tumko dekha toh yeh khayal aaya” (“Saath Saath”), “Jhuki jhuki si nazar” (“Arth”), “Hoshwalon ko khabar kya” (“Sarfarosh”) and “Badi nazuk hai” (“Jogger’s Park”)