Biography: Jagjit Singh
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Born to a Sikh family in Ganganagar, Rajasthan,
Singh grew up training in various classical forms like thumri, khayal and
dhrupad. Realising his calling was in the music industry, a twenty-something
Singh arrived in Mumbai with high hopes and aspirations.
During this period of struggle, when he was
singing jingles for a living, Singh met his future wife and singer Chitra. The
duo went on to find unprecedented popularity as a husband-wife team,
revolutionizing the ghazal scene with their successful collaborations on film
and non-film albums. A personal tragedy, the death of their teenage son Vivek in
a road accident, put an end to Chitra's musical fervor but proved therapeutic
for her significant other. Singh continued, finding solace in his art, even
though the new songs reflected his grief-stricken, grim state of mind.
Popularly known as "The Ghazal King", he gained acclaim together with his wife
in the 1970s and 1980s, as the first ever successful duo act (husband-wife) in
the history of recorded Indian music.
of Padma Bhushan award, he has sung in several languages including Hindi, Urdu,
Punjabi and Nepali.
His popular ghazals include, Meri zindagi kisi aur ki, mere naam ka koi aur hai,
Apni marzi se kahan apne safar ke hum hain, Wo jo hum mein tumme qaraar tha,
Patta-patta boota-boota haal hamaara jaane hai, Hoshwalo ko khabar, etc.
Jagjjit Singh has also sung for popular movies like Arth, Prem Geet, Sarfarosh
Jagjit Singh died on 10th October 2011 at the age of 70. He is survived by his
wife Chitra Singh.
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