VARANASI: Varanasi: Noted Ghazal singer Chitra Singh, widow of Ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh, offered prayer to Lord Hanuman at Sankat Mochan temple here on Saturday before giving stage performance on the inaugural day of Sankat Mochan Music festival in the evening. Chitra Singh offers prayer to Hanuman wishing Bharat Ratna to Jagjit Singh..
She along with her grand son Arymaan Chowdhry arrived here on Friday evening. After offering prayer at the temple she went to Tulsi Ghat to meet the temple mahanth Prof. Vishwambhan Nath Mishra. She presented a set of DVDs of Jagjit Singh’s choicest ghazals to Mishra. At Tulsi Ghat she also bowed to the place of Goswami Tulsidas, the great saint poet and author of Ramcharitmanas.
Although she avoided to talk directly to media persons, but shared her feelings and desire with the mahanth. She expressed her earnest desire to see the title of the highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna
with her husband’s name. It is unfortunate that country has ignored Jagjit Singh, who rendered timeless songs and whose voice added music to millions of hearts, for last 13 years, she lamented.
Padma Bhushan award was conferred upon him in 2003 by the then Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and since then there is no award given to him. “She is here in Hanuman Durbar. Inke liye hum Hanuman durbar mein arji lagayenge ki Jagjit ji ko Bharat Ratna mile. (On her behalf we will pray to the deity for Bharat Ratna to Jagjit Singh),” said Mishra adding that he is hopeful that the voice raised in Kashi would be heard by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi
, who is also the MP of Varanasi. “We will appeal to the PM, who himself is an admirer of Jagjit Singh and had expressed his deep sorrow on his demise, to recognize the great contribution of the maestro,” he said adding, “Recognition of Jagjit Singh’s contribution itself will be a honour to music, and it would be a source of inspiration for the young musicians”.
She was on her first visit to the city and also giving first stage performance after 1991 at the temple established by great poet Tulsidas. She has not given stage performance after the death of their son in a car accident.