Shamir Tandon, one of the very talented music directors of Bollywood remembers Jagjit Singh as a humble and down to earth persona. “Just two days before he was admitted to the ICU never to come back again, Jagjit uncle and I recorded an hour long audio visual musical interview at a studio in Andheri, says Shamir Tandon. Shamir remembers Jagjit Singh and says, “The interview had him sing some of his most beautiful pieces and traced the life history of Jagjit Singh.” Shamir goes on to add, “He was a great persona and before the interview, he fed me with his own hands, the food which was locally made at the studio. He enjoyed the food with pickle and when I asked him whether it would affect his voice, he said that riyaaz jo karta hai wo raaj karta hai, which made him eat like any other ordinary man. That day he insisted that we have a meal in the same thaali and he fed me with his hands -said yeh ashirwaad hai le lo. (sic)” S hamir also remembers the days, when he and Jagjit’s son Vivek used to be classmates and recollects, how Jagjit uncle would carry lunch to their school and attend Parents Teacher day with his son. Vivek died in a road accident and about the same, Shamir says, “When uncle lost Vivek, the school requested him to do some charity shows, and the large hearted uncle did a few of them and that enabled our school to develop certain activities with the funds collected.” “I recorded him for a film, a ghazal I did in Raag Yaman which he found very high pitch for him. So, he taught me how to compose the antra in lower notes, keeping the singer in mind. He refused to take a penny from me to sing, despite him being very selective in his film forays and being one of the most expensive singers around,” adds Shamir. Jagjit Singh was also known for his powerful personality and witty statements. Recalling one such incident, Shamir explains, “His sense of humour was at its peak that day. He went on and on, speaking about various facets of his life and we kept recording and rolling the cameras. He wanted to go back home in a rickshaw and he kept saying that he likes remaining rooted, which was surely worth an appreciation, especially coming from a man who is the highest tax payer from the music industry.” “Everyone heard his mesmerising voice, but no one quite understood the pain and the agony of the man who lost his son (Vivek) and then, even daughter (Monica, when she committed suicide), as he loved her more than his own he would’ve loved his own daughter,” concludes Shamir.