MUMBAI: On Monday morning, the Indian Musical heritage undoubtedly lost its priceless gem that sheltered in the hearts of millions with his unparalleled, soulful and extraordinary melodies. Ghazal king Jagjit Singh, the soul-stirring voice behind â€?Ye kaghaz ki kashti', 'Chitthi na koi sandesh and â€?Jhuki jhuki si nazar' passed away at the age of 70, leaving his entire musical empire hanging by a thread.
His soulful renditions and all-time great melodies 'Honthon se chhoo lo tum', 'Tumko dekha to yeh khayal', 'Baat niklegi to', 'Jab saamne tum', â€?Hazaron khwaishe aisi', 'Chaak jigar ke', 'Kal chadhanvi ki raat thi', 'Kiska Chehera', 'Hoshwalo ko khabar', 'jaane vo kaun sa desh', 'jahaan tum chale gaye' and 'Shaam se aankh me name si hai' are ghazals that enthralled millions and are hummed by one and all. Jagjit Singh has also given his voice for ex-prime minister Atal Bihari Bajpayee poems in the albums 'Nayi Disha' and 'Samvedna'. He has sung in Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Gujarati, Sindhi and Nepali languages. The musical maverick was awarded India's third highest civilian honour, the Padma Bhushan, in 2003.
Jagjit Singh (February 8, 1941 - October 10, 2011) gained acclaim together with his wife, Ghazal singer Chitra Singh, in the 1970s and 1980s, as the first ever successful duo act (husband-wife) in the history of recorded Indian music. Together, they are considered to be the pioneers of modern Ghazal singing and regarded as most successful recording artistes outside the realm of Indian film music.
The music world raised a toast and saluted this sheer musical genius for his invaluable contribution to the Indian Music Industry.
Alka Yagnik is completely short of words for the exceptionally talented king and can only feel the huge musical loss, I am completely short of words and can only feel the great loss that we all are going through. We have become musically poor. My family and I have been a great fan of Jagjit Singh since years. He took Ghazals to a different level. My memories with him are not too many but I sang a very beautiful duet with him 'Kiska Chehra Ab Main Dekhoon' which was extremely cherishing. He was a very honest and forthright person who never minced with his words, and he was very vocal about today's new bollywood music scene. It is a very huge loss. We just thought it was a matter