Chitra Singh

Chitra Singh (née Dutta) is a renowned Indian Urdu/Hindi ghazals singer. She is married to Jagjit Singh, who is also a prominent ghazal singer. They form a highly popular duet team and are considered pioneers in modern ghazal singing.

Early life

Chitra Dutta was born in a Bengali family.[2] She had no formal musical training, but had strong roots of music in her family. She learned much of her music by listening to her mother’s music teacher. She had a daughter, Monica (from previous marriage) who committed suicide in 2009. Unfortunately, Jagjit and Chitra’s only son Vivek also died in an accident in July 1990. Shocked Chitra stopped singing after the incident.

Performing career

Chitra Singh met Jagjit Singh in Mumbai (then known as Bombay), India, in the late 1960s, and they started a musical career together by singing jingles for various advertisements. Their career took off with the launching of The Unforgettables, an album with several firsts to its credit. Their public singing before large audiences revolutionized ghazal singing. Until then, ghazal singing had been confined to musical performances (“mehfils”) before small audiences consisting primarily of the elite in the society.

The duo composed and sang songs for Hindi, Punjabi and Bengali albums. They contributed to devotional music by releasing albums which included Krishna, Chirag, Hey Ram, and Shabads. Krishna is one of the largest-selling titles in its category.[citation needed]

They are still favourites in Bangladesh and their old songs are still sung. “Ki Dile Amai Tumi?” (What have you given me?), “Bujhini To Ami” (I didn’t understand), “Duti Mon Ar Nei Dujonar” (Two hearts are one), “Amar Chokher Joler Majhe” (In my tears) are some of their great Bengali songs.

After the death of their son, Vivek, in a car accident in Bombay, Singh stopped singing and retreated from the limelight. (She has been learning and working on different forms of spirituality, and practices spiritual healing therapies.)

Some of Singh’s memorable songs include “Yeh Tera Ghar, Yeh Mera Ghar”, “Tum Aao To Sahi”, “Woh Nahin Milta Mujhe”, “Saare Badan Ka Khoon”, and “Mitti Da Bawa”. Singh’s voice is specially suited for ghazals, producing soulful gems like “Lab-e-Khamosh Se” (album Beyond Time). Her clear, touching, and high-pitched voice provided a perfect blend with Jagjit’s deep baritone and smooth voice. Their duets created an extraordinary effect in songs like “Ishq Mein Ghairat-e-jazbaat Ne”, “Aaye Hain Samjhane Log”, and “Uski Hasrat Hai Jise Dile Se Mita Bhi Na Sakoon”. Her voice also had a special dimension within the gamut of ghazal singing, so that in the case of “darbari mehfil” ghazals (as in “Dil-e-Nadaan Tujhe”, “Dil He To Hai”, and “Har Ek Baat Pe Kehteh Ho” from the album, “Mirza Ghalib”) she was almost unparalleled.

Discography

  • A Milestone (1976)
  • The Unforgettables (1978)
  • Gold Disc (1979)
  • Ae mere dil (1980)
  • The earliest recordings of Jagjit and Chitra Singh
  • Live in concert with Jagjit Chitra Singh
  • Live at Wembley
  • Live at Royal Albert Hall
  • The Latest
  • Desires
  • Arth/Saath Saath
  • Chirag
  • Live in Trinidad
  • Main aur Meri Tanhaayee (1981)
  • The Latest (1982)
  • Ecstasies (1984)
  • A Sound Affair (1985)
  • Echoes (1985–86, Live Recordings)
  • Beyond Time (1987)
  • Someone Somewhere (1990)
  • H O P E (1991)

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  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.

    ****

    A Birthday Thought :
    “Dil ko jis se milne ki aas bhi nahin Asif,
    Roz yaad aata hai mujhko woh duaon mein…”

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