Jagjit Singh also known as “the ghazal king of India” passed away on morning of Monday, 10th of October 2011 at 8:10am. Mr. Singh was born on February 8, 1941 in Sri Ganaganagar, Rajasthan. He is survived by his wife Chitra Singh. Their only child Vivek died in early 1990′s in a road accident.
Mr. Singh died at the age of 70, at Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai. He was admitted in the hospital on September 18, 2011 suffering from brain hemorrhage. Mr. Singh has made major contribution to the Bollywood industry with his melodious ghazals. He sung in Hindi, Nepali, Urdu and Punjabi.
Mr. Singh’s talent was first recognized by his father Mr. Amar Singh Dhiman who further sent Jagjit Singh to learn music from Pandit Chhaganlal Sharma. He was later trained byUstad Jamal Khan of the Sainia Gharana. Mr. Singh made his debut with the album named “The Unforgettable” in 1976. Together with his wife Mr. Singh had gained acclaimed in the 1970′s and 1980′s. Mr. Singh has sung numerous ghazals and has released about 80 albums.
With his seemless contribution as singer, composer, music director, activist and entrepreneur he was awarded with Padma Bhusan (the third highest Civilian honor in India) in 2003. Today as his soul rests in peace Mr. Singh will always be remembered for his great singing and for his contribution to the ghazal world.
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