The first name that comes up when Ghazal is mentioned is that of Ghazal singer Jagjit Singh. Hearing the spiritual voice of Jagjit Singh, there is still a swirl of emotions in our hearts. Today, the biggest name in the world of ghazals is the 80th birth anniversary of Jagjit Singh. Jagjit Singh was the third of eleven siblings. He was born on 8 February 1941 in Sriganganagar, Rajasthan, who was a government employee. . Who knew at that time that Jagjit would make his name come true. Even after the passing of Jagjit Singh, his desire for ghazals still compels us to beat the hearts of every youth.
Gave her first public performance at the age of 9
When Jagjit Singh was just 9 years old, he gave his first public performance at a Kavi Sammelan. On this occasion he chose a philosophical, melancholic and saturated poem. During his showbiz journey, Jagjit Singh has sung for more than 40 personal albums. At the same time, he lent his voice to many music films to completely influence and attract a generation of music lovers. Like his songs, touch you with his lips, with Tum Ko Dikha ‘even today are evergreen.
Showbiz had such an entry
Regarding his entry into Bombay (now Mumbai) and Showbiz, Jagjit Singh once said, “Om Prakash lived in Chembur and I contacted him there. He gave me a very warm welcome and introduced me to the then famous music directors like Madan Mohan and Shankar-Jaikishan. I also met Jaydev and Manmohan Krishna, who also ran a radio program of Ghazals. Jaikishan gave me a voice test in a famous studio. He liked my voice but told me that it would take time and I would have to stay in Bombay. “This is how he entered showbiz.
The biggest shock came when he was at the top of his career
Unfortunately, when Jagjit Singh was at the peak of his career, he had to go through the worst phase of his life. In 1990, he lost his 18-year-old son Vivek in a car accident. His wife Chitra Singh gave up singing professionally after the accident and even Jagjit took years to return to his first love, the world of music.
Let us also look at some interesting facts related to Jagjit Singh’s life.
1-During his college days, he was a great hockey player and part of his college team. However, he later abandoned hockey when he realized that music was his real world.
2- Jagjit Singh made his first recording at All India Radio Station, Jalandhar. At that time, Jagjit Singh used to program live for All India Radio 6 times a year. He then had to leave for Mumbai to change his passion in his career. During this time he used to make jingles for his live performances, as well as commercials at weddings.
3- Apart from Ghazal singer, Jagjit Singh was also very successful in Bollywood as a playback singer. Apart from the album, he also sang a lot of hit songs in films. The song was given to you, Zindagi Dhol Tum Ghana Saaya was the first song by Jagjit. Almost 34 years after the release of the film, the song still comes on people’s tongue from time to time.
4- Jagjit Singh gave his voice to the poetry of many great poets like Mirza Ghalib, Kafi Azmi, Sudarshan Faqir, Nida Fazli. Jagjit in his spiritual voice has sung Sudarshan Fakir’s Nazm ‘Kagaz ki Kayakti, Woh Barish Ka Pani’. Whenever this song is heard, people get lost in their childhood memories.
5- Jagjit Singh met Chitra Dutta in the late sixties. They both fell in love and then fell in love with each other, regardless of time. The love story of Jagjit Singh and Chitra Dutta is also very interesting. Chitra first saw Jagjit when she was singing in her neighborhood.
6 – Jagjit Singh also helped Kumar Sanu get his first break in the industry. Kumar Sanu himself said this in an interview in 2015.
Jagjit Singh honored with these awards
Of course Jagjit Singh is not among us today but his voice is immortal in the world of music. Jagjit also won several big awards. In 1998, he was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for outstanding work in ‘Mirza Ghalib’. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2003. The Rajasthan government posthumously awarded him the Rajasthan Ratna in 2012. In addition, in 2014, the Government of India also released a postage stamp in honor of Jagjit Singh.
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