Greatest Punjabi Hits

The Greatest Punjabi Hits of Jagjit and Chitra

The Greatest Punjabi Hits of Jagjit and Chitra. CD.
EMI: CD-PSLP-5275

The songs in this album are mixed, some of them are typically light-hearted punjabi ditties and there are others that move. They might be difficult to appreciate if you don’t understand Punjabi, but Jagjit’s voice flows in Punjabi in a manner very different from his handling of Urdu/Hindi. Worth it if only for the shift in intonation. Chitra is very god with the punjabi as well, her voice has the sharpness I like in punjabi singers. Shiv Batalvi’s lyrics especially are rendered beautifully by both singers. The music is rustic, and Jagjit has used the complete range of instruments a folk singer would. This is my favourite disc by Chitra & Jagjit.

  1. Sare pindch puare paye
    Lyric: Inderjeet Hassanpuri
    Music: Jagjit & Chitra Singh
    Film: Long da Lishkara
  2. Ishq hai loko
    Lyric: Sikandar Bharati
    Music: Jagjit & Chitra Singh
    Film: Long da Lishkara
  3. Main kandyali thor ve
    Lyric: Shiv Kumar Batalvi
    Music: Jagjit & Chitra Singh
    Film: Long da Lishkara
  4. Ghamaan di raat lammi ab
    Lyric: Shiv BatalviIt isn’t often that a poet asks for the death of his muse. Yet the concept of muse doesn’t port well into this environment, for Shiv it is the consciousness of his sorrow that drives him to write.
    Music: Jagjit Singh
  5. Umraan de sarwar
    Lyric: Shiv Batalvi
    Music: Jagjit Singh
  6. Maye ni maye mere geetan de nainan vich
    Lyric: Shiv Batalvi
    Music: Jagjit Singh
  7. Rog banke reh gaya
    Lyric: Shiv Batalvi
    Music: Jagjit Singh
  8. Eh mera geet kise na gaana
    Lyric: Shiv BatalviIronic beyond comprehension, a song Shiv writes and at the same time denies to anyone else the pleasure of singing. If Shiv were a god, the homage we could pay him would be to listen to his voice or not listen at all.
    Music: Jagjit Singh

    Perfect song, evokes the image of a poet on the street corner, perhaps strumming a thumri. The song itself contains the self-reflexivity found in ghazals but here ported into a ‘folkish’ setting.

  9. Tusin kehri rutte aaye
    Lyric: Shiv Batalvi
    Music: Jagjit SinghChitra is very good in this one, unusual movement through a difficult song, I love completely the manner in which she halts between words and syllables, gives the song a pathos all its own.
  10. Raat gayee kar tara tara
    Lyric: Shiv Batalvi
    Music: Jagjit SinghA slower song, and solitary as well. Perfect for a very late evening in Punjab, preferably somewhere the stars are still visible. Must remember next time I’m there. The tone is heavy, yet Jagjit at times almost slurs the words, a different sort of sadness.
  11. Jaach mainu aa gayee gham khaan di
    Lyric: Shiv Batalvi
    Music: Jagjit Singh
  12. Yaariya rab karke
    Lyric: Shiv Batalvi
    Music: Jagjit Singh
  13. Maye ni main ik shikra yaar banaya
    Lyric: Shiv Batalvi
    Music: Jagjit SinghJagjit carries this song on his voice alone, the music is subsumed by the rhythm in his voice. Another reflective song, the unobtrusive nature of the music almost turns it into a wail. Perhaps the most significant sense I get from this (short) poem is a slow realization of lost innocence, yet there is an element of denial and almost a desire for reaffirmation, as one were afraid of making such a judgement alone.
  14. Dhai din na jawani naal chaldi
    Lyric: Inderjeet Hoshiarpuri
    Music: Jagjit SinghA much lighter song, in this case from a live concert. The enthusiasm of the audience would almost convince one this is a wedding and we’re invited. Jagjit is then just the “uncle” who remembers boliyan well.
  15. Charkha mera rangla
    Lyric: Inderjeet Hoshiarpuri
    Music: Jagjit Singh
  16. Boliyan
    Lyric: Anjaan
    Music: Jagjit Singh
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