New Delhi: A legend, Ghazal King, the man with the golden voice and a mesmerizing singer were some of the terms used to describe Jagjit Singh. ‘October 10, 2011’ was the ill-fated day when the singing legend left us for the heavenly abode.
Some of the evergreen ghazals of Jagjit Singh:
• “Hontho Se Choo lo Tum” from Prem Geet
• “Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahe Ho” from Arth
• “Chhiti Na Koi Sandesh” from Dushman
• “Hoshwalon Ko Khabar Kya” from Sarfarosh
• “Bari Nazuk Hai” from Joggers’ Park
• “Mae ni Mae”
• “Rog ban ke reh giya hai”
• “Yaariyan Raab Karke”
• “Eh Mera Geet Kisi Ni Gana”
• “Kiska Chehra ab mai dekhun…Tera Chehra dekhkar” from Tarkeeb
Jagjit had deep connections with ‘city of joy’
Jagjit shared a deep relation with Bengal. As his better half, Chitra Singh belonged to a Bengali family, the Ghazal legend was held as the son-in-law of Bengal.
Jagjit and Chitra Singh had met in 1967. Since both loved music, they came closer.
It was for an ad jingle that they worked together first time. After that they released their first music album ‘The Unforgettable’ which was a great hit. Working together, the popular Ghazal duo fell in love and tied nuptial knot in 1969.
At that time, Jagjit Singh was also running his own sound recording studio. He was also fond of Bangla music and had lent his unparalleled voice for several Bangla songs.
Jagjit Singh was a frequent visitor to Kolkata. Just a few days before the sad demise of the ‘Ghazal Maestro’, he was in the city for a show in Science City Auditorium.
Tragedy a constant companion of Chitra
Tragedy has been a constant companion of Chitra Singh, who with her husband Jagjit pulled the ghazal genre out of the drawing room of the elite and brought it to the masses.
In 2009, Monica Chaudhry, the 49-year-old daughter of Chitra Singh from her first marriage, committed suicide at her residence at suburban Bandra.
In 1990, Jagjit and Chitra’s son Vivek died in a car crash here which left the couple devastated. Jagjit went silent for six months only to emerge stronger but Chitra lost her voice after the tragedy.
In fact, some of Singh’s finest works came after that tragedy as pain had an enriching effect on his art.
These included ‘Sajda’ with Lata Mangeshkar, ‘Someone Somewhere’, ‘Hope’, ‘Kahkashan’ (recorded with Ali Sardar Jaffri for a teleserial), ‘Silsilay’ with Javed Akhtar, ‘Marasim’ with Gulzar and ‘Samvedna’ (featuring former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s poems).