Today is ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh’s 72nd birthday and Google doodle

Today is ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh’s 72nd birthday and Google doodle is celebrating the fact in style.

Google has splashed Jagjit Singh’s picture across its omnipresent search page.

jsJagjit Singh, aka Jagmohan Singh was born in Rajasthan, but with father’s encouragement shifted to Bombay to ply his trade and thereby for ever changed the way Indians look at music and the entertainment music that mostly, till then, was engrossed in kitsch love songs by Mohammad Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar troika’s Bollywood offering.

Jagjit Singh breathed fresh air into the genre with his melodious and soothing voice that took the middle and late seventies and much of the next two decades by storm.

He met and married Chitra Dutta there in 1969, (she divorced her first husband) and the duo created the album ‘Unforgettables’ that even today manages to move millions with its touching rendition – that was in 1976.

Jagjit Singh, along with Chitra went on to release many albums thereafter, that went on to become extremely popular and more than that his encouragement of the genre led to many pupils of his making it big in the industry, most notably Pankaj Udhaas.

Jagjit Singh also encouraged artistes from Pakistan to come to India to ply their trade and that led to Ghulam Ali becoming an instant hit with the Indian audiences.

Among the most popular of Jagjit Singh’s albums were ‘Live in Concert at Wembley’ and ‘Ecstasies’.

His work was also picked up by Bollywood movies most notably ‘Arth’ ‘Saath Saath’, ‘Bahuroopi’, ‘Avishkaar’, ‘Griha Pravesh’, ‘Ek Baar Kaho’.

Jagjit Singh died in Mumbai on 10 October 2011 due to a massive cerebral haemorrhage.

Notables by Jagjit Singh:

Koi Yeh Kaise Bataye, Too Nahin To Zindagi Mein Aur Kya Reha Jayega, Yun Zindagi Ki Raah Mein, Jhuki Jhuki Si Nazar, Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahe Ho, Pyar Mujh Se Jo Kiya Tumne, Yeh Tera Ghar Yeh Mera Ghar, Tum Ko Dekha To Yeh Khayal Aaya, Yeh Bata De Mujhe Zindagi.

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3 thoughts on “Today is ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh’s 72nd birthday and Google doodle

  1. A Birthday note for our Unforgettable Jagjit ji
    From : Dr. Aparna Chattopadhyay

    “ Aap gar ‘aaj’ yahaan hote,
    hum zamin par bhala kahaan hote”
    As I gaze pensively at the vast blue sky
    with mists of nostalgia in my eye,
    I feel suddenly awestruck
    at the sheer beauty and tranquillity of
    your celestial elegance…..
    for there you are —
    twinkling and shimmering majestically
    – a bright luminous Star —
    in all your celestial splendour,
    on this – your astral Birthday.
    It was on this great day – Feb 8th –
    when amidst the golden sands of Rajasthan,
    years back, from the blue heavens,
    you had descended down,
    to take the world by storm one day …..
    by weaving magic in your soulful music…
    … your scintillating melodies…ghazals..
    and devotional albums –
    and heal the world with their magic…
    The magic of your balmy mellow voice….
    the serenity of your persona….
    the magnanimity of your generous heart….
    the softness of your smile….
    your innocent naughty humour…
    your true to life musical videos…
    and the perfection with which you emoted for them…
    these were some of your exquisite gifts to the world.
    In comparison, what can one gift you –
    on your memorable birthday ?
    Perhaps the warm vibes of a heart-felt thought –
    “ Main teri baara – zahe – naaz mein
    kya pesh karoon…..
    meri jholi mein muhabbat ke siwa
    kuch bhi nahin….”
    Feeling your absence every moment,
    one cannot help recalling your cherished memories…
    your melodies so beautifully composed by you
    and sung in your velvety voice –
    “ Beete lamhe kuch aise hain
    Kushboo jaise haath na aaye”…
    Tranquil and subtle indeed ….
    Missing that mesmerising fragrance of your enigmatic persona,
    Those thought-provoking lines that you sang for ‘Mirza Ghalib’
    come to the mind inadvertently –
    “ Thi woh Ik shaksh ke tassavur se,
    ab who raanaaiye khayaal kahaan…..”
    In your beautiful and philoshopical music album ‘ Koi-baat-chale’ –
    you had voiced Ghalib again –
    “ Hum ko Ghalib ne ye dua di thi –
    tum salaamat raho hazaar baras”.
    Hasn’t his prophecy really come true?
    For what you created with your musical genius in your lifespan,
    couldn’t be created hitherto even in a thousand years.

    Jagjit ji – you indeed live beyond your years –
    in the hearts of millions of your admirers – across the globe.
    You are simply unforgettable and immortal…..
    May the Divine grace be with you always –
    and grant you eternal bliss.

    ****

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