Late Sh. Jagjit Singh
Jagjit Singh, alias Jagmohan Singh – 8 February 1941-10 October 2011 era created by him as a prominent Indian Ghazal singer, song writer and musician. Known as “ the Ghazal King”, he gained accalaim together with his wife. Another renowned Indian Ghazal Singer Chitra singh in the 1970s and 1980s.
Their combination album comprising music from the films, Arth and Saath Saath is the HMV’s largest selling combination album of all time.
Sajda (An Offering 1991), Jagjit Singh’s magnum opus double album with Lata Mangeshkar holds the same record in non-film category. He had sung in numerous languages. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the government of India in 2003.
He highlighted this in his music of TV serials Mirza Ghalib (1988) and Kahkashan (1991). Jagjit Singh is considered to be most successful ghazal singer and composer of all time in terms of both critical acclaim and commercial success.
He is the only composer and singer to have composed and recorded songs written by Prime Minister – Atal Behari Vajpayee. Singh’s 1987 album, Beyond Time, was the first digitally recorded release in India.
He also lent active support to several philanthropic endeavors such as the library at St. Mary’s School, Mumbai Hospital, CRY, Save the Children and ALMA.
Jagjit Singh was born in Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan . His birth name was Jagmohan but this was changed to Jagjit after his parents sought the advice of a member of the Sikh Namdhari. His parents were themselves Sikhs, called Amar Singh and Bachan Kaur, and had several other children, with sources variously reporting the number between six and eleven.
Jagjit singh ji did his Schooling from Khalsa High School and Sri Ganganagar Government College, his Graduation was in Arts from DAV College at Jalandhar and this followed by Post graduation in history from Kurukshetra University in Haryana.
Throughout this time, and as a consequence of a natural talent that was spotted by his father, Singh learn music both in Sikh temples and from musicians such as Pandit Chaganlal Sharma and Ustad Jamaal Khan, In March 1965, and without the knowledge of his family, Singh moved to Mumbai, where there were many opportunities for music artists because of the Bollywood film industry. He obtained work initially as a singer of advertising jingles and later progressed to playback singing. In the same year he persuaded the record company to produce an EP. And he also altered his Sikh image by abandoning his turban, shaving and cutting his hair.
His first film role was in Dharati Na Chhoru, a production by Suresh Amin.
Singh was still struggling to make a living in 1967 when he met the Bengali-born Chitra Dutta. She was also a jungle singer, and was unhappily married with a daughter. She subsequently divorced and then married Singh in December 1969. Following the Birth of their son, Vivek, the couple performed as a singing duo but it was not until the 1976 release of an album entitled The Unforgettables that they found significant and surprising success.
The Unforgettables which was the couple’s first LP, was an unconventional recording ant it turned them into stars. The song Baat Niklegi from the album achieved great popularity for Singh and his wife.
The Independent described it in 2011 as “ground-breaking … it became a transformative, before and after milstone in the history of Indian popular and ghazal music while Jagjit became “the Ghazal King”.
Althrough Jagjit continued to work and to have success after chitra withdrew from public life he, too, was affected by the death of Vivek. The Guardian notes that he “suffered from deep depression and his anguish was often evident in his live performances.” Aside from occupying himself with solo projects, which he performed in several languages, he also collaborated with Lata Mangeshkar on an album entitled Sajda.
On 10 May 2007, in the presence of numerous political and diplomatic luminaries at an event held in the Central Hall of the Parliament of India, Jagjit Singh rendered Bahadur Shah Zafar’s famous ghazal Lagta nahim hai dil mera to commemorate the 150TH anniversary of the Indian Rebellion of 1857
- In 2003, Singh was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian award, by the Government of India
- In 1998, Jagjit Singh was awarded Sahitya Academy Award, a literary honor in India. He was awarded this literary honor for popularizing the work of Mirza Ghalib.
- Sangeet Natak Academy Award
- Sahitya Kala Academy Award by Rajasthan Government in 1998
- Ghalib Academy by Delhi Government in 2005
- Lata Mangeshkar Samman in 1998 by Madhya Pradesh Government
- D. Litt. By Kurukshetra University, Haryana in 2003
- Teacher’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006
Singh toured the UK in 2011 and was due to perform with Ghulam Ali in Mumbai but suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on 23 September 2011. He was in a coma for over two weeks and died on 10 October 2011 at Lilavati Hospital, in Mumbai.
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