The evening of October 10th witnessed a mélange of remarkable singers from the music fraternity come together to celebrate the musical legacy of the ghazal maestro, the legend, Padma Bhushan Jagjit Singh. On the occasion of his 1st death anniversary, Mrs. Chitra Singh curated an intimate Tribute concert. Soulful Performances by Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma, Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Anup Jalota, Shankar Mahadevan, Sonu Nigam made it an evening to remember. Established actor and National Award winner Farooq Sheikh hosted the evening which also witnessed the launch of unheard , unreleased, original compositions by the maestro called ‘The Master and His Magic’. The event was attended by Kavitha Seth, Leslie Lewis, Siddharth Haldipur, Sangeet Haldipur.
Mrs. Chitra Singh said, ““The Master and His Magic’ is a tribute to Jagjitji and a gift to millions of his fans. I am sure that through these unreleased original compositions his legacy will live on and his fans will relive his music. This album celebrates the history created by the legend”
Adding on Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma said,” I have heard many voices but nothing like Jagjit Singh and today we have gathered here to celebrate his music. He physically may not be with us but his music will always be alive”.
On the launch of the album Shridhar Subramaniam, President India and Middle East Sony Music Entertainment said,” We are honored to be a part of this album which is a rare collection of his unreleased recordings. We have had a close relationship with the family and while releasing this album along with Mrs. Chitra Singh, we feel his blessings and there can be nothing more encouraging than this. On the occasion of his first death anniversary, we believe that the event hosted by Chitra Ji was an appropriate tribute to the legend and will help us relive the music that he has created over the years.”
Adding on Sabbas Joseph, Director – Wizcraft International Entertainment Ltd. , ““We are very honored to be part of this intimate tribute where legends like him can be celebrated and fondly remembered. This event put together and presented as a mark of respect and love for Jagjitji surely touched an emotional chord with all his fans and music lovers. The tribute concert featured memorable performances by renowned artistes and brought alive memories and anecdotes that involve the maestro.”
rom Shankar Mahadevan, Lesle Lewis to Bhajan singer Anup Jalota, the pioneers of Indian music industry came together to pay a musical tribute to late singer Jagjit Singh on his first death anniversary Wednesday.
Jagjit Singh passed away last year following a brain haemorrhage.
Singer-composer Shankar Mahadevan remembered how Jagjit Singh would praise his work and the mutual respect they had for each other.
“Nobody has a voice like him in this whole country. His voice will always be with us, we will celebrate life listening to his songs and ghazals. He was very close to me, we had a very close relationship and I loved him and he loved me,” the 45-year-old said here Wednesday at the event organised by Jagjit Singh’s wife and singer Chitra.
“We respected each other as musicians, as people. A lot of my albums were launched by him and he used to say such nice words to me, I really miss him,” Mahadevan added.
Singer-composer Lesle recalled how Jagjit Singh’s valuable inputs resulted in one of his most loved song.
“Long time back I was recording a song and Jagjit Singh’s recording was lined up after me. When I was mixing the song, Jagjit Singh came inside and said the guitar is quite soft, make it loud. I did not want to make it loud but he said that is the fun of the song. That song was ‘Pari Hoon Main’,” Lesle said.
Bhajan singer Anup Jalota was quite happy to see people turn out to pay their respects to the ghazal maestro.
“I am happy that so many are remembering him and love him that it does not feel like he is not here, you can’t feel his absence,” the 59-year-old said.
“I had a lot of fun with him and before he left this world we had spent two days in Dehradun. So I can never forget him, I had his blessings and support,” he added.
Jagjit Singh came into prominence with his soulful compositions for the 1982-film “Arth”. He sang all the songs of the film, including “Jhuki jhuki si nazar”, “Tum itna jo”, “Koi ye kaise bataye” and “Teri khushboo mein base khat.”
His songs “Yeh tera ghar yeh mera ghar” and “Tumko dekha toh yeh khayaal” in the 1982-film “Saath Saath” are loved till date.
His other prominent songs include “Kaagaz ki kashti”, “Hosh walon ko khabar kya”, “Koi fariyaad”, “Chitthi na koi sandesh” among others.