AgeLess Music

Ghazal Maestro Jagjit Singh

Friday, November 8, 2002

Ageless Music, Timeless Man: Between Covers With Jagjit
Asmita Aggarwal

Very few of the millions who enjoy Jagjit Singh’s ghazals know that horses have been a passion with the maestro for the past 30 years and that his horses even won three races recently. “Different Strokes, my thoroughbred, won a race last week in Pune. For me, being with horses is the ultimate relaxation and a welcome break from my hectic schedule,” says Singh.

All of you who want to know the man behind the music can browse through the soon-to-be-released Beyond Time: The Ageless Music of Jagjit Singh. The 168-page coffee table book, published by Habitat Art’s Pankaj Kodesia, is priced at Rs 2,750. It is based on transcriptions of over 40 hours of interviews with family and friends conducted by Asharani Mathur who has also edited the book.

One of the most touching portions of the book deals with the death of Vivek (Babu), the 19-year-old son of Jagjit and Chitra, in 1990. “About 80 per cent of my life is revealed in the book but 20 per cent is still within me,” admits Singh.

Singh was born in Shri Ganganagar, Rajasthan, into a lower middle class family with 11 children. “Even the radio was a luxury. Kites were a passion but often we didn’t have enough money to indulge in it,” says Singh.

With a foreword by Lata Mangeshkar, the book comes with two CDs of his ghazals. “I have spoken about my music, years of struggle and Chitra, my pillar of strength. These memories have been strung together in my first biography,” he says. Mellow music to memorable lines, Singh is set to leave his mark again.

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