Late Ghazal Maestro Jagjit Singh ‘s death anniversary happens to be today. The popular ghazal singer, born on February 8, 1941 as Jagmohan Singh, not only made ghazal popular with the masses but continues to mesmerise the audience with his silky voice. The legendary singer passed away on October 10, 2011 after being in coma for two weeks following a brain haemorrhage. Jagjit Singh changed the concept of ghazals by making them contemporary. While poetry continued to remain the focus of his work, it was the presentation that he changed. The audience loved the change and soon ghazals were something even the layman enjoyed as well as understood. This was evident in the sold out concerts that Singh enjoyed across the world. Also Read - Javed Akhtar on if He Finds His Children Smoking Marijuana: I Would Tell Them Not To Do It, It's Not Right
The other thing that worked in Jagjit Singh’s popularity was his music for bollywood films. He composed music for some and sang a ghazal in many. To this day his compositions for movies remain popular and can be seen on music channels. For a generation that laps up anything that is not Indian, Jagjit Singh’s popularity shows his music will be cherished for years to come. Be it Tumko Dekha to Yeh Khayal Aaya in Saath Saath to Hosh Walon ko khabar kya in Aamir Khan starrer Sarfarosh, Jagjit Singh enthralled the audience with his ghazals. Also Read - Lata Mangeshkar Turns 91: From Kangana Ranaut to Shankar Mahadevan, Celebs Pour Wishes to Veteran Singer
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Jagjit Singh also joined hands with popular lyricists Gulzar and Javed Akhtar for ghazal albums. A majority of his albums were with wife Chitra Singh and the two brought out many albums before the untimely death of their son. Chitra Singh stopped singing after the tragic incident while Jagjit Singh continued to sing. He also tried his recreating popular bollywood oldies and needless to say the albums became a big hit.
The audience loved Main Nashe Main hoon and joined the Ghazal maestro as he rendered the popular ghazal.
He also collaborated with popular playback singer Lata Mangeshkar for a rare ghazal album Sajda. The album became a huge hit and ghazal lovers still cherish the lone full album collaboration between the two legends.