Birthday: 08-02-1941
Date of death: 10-10-2011
Star sign: Pisces

Jagjit Singh is ‘Ghazal King’ in Indian music. His fantastic rendition, bass voice, and perfect diction made him popular in every home. This singer ushered a new era of Ghazal singing in the country. His songs such as ‘Woh Kaagaz Ki Kashti’(film Aaj) and ‘Tumko Dekha Toh Yeh Khayal Aaya’ (film Saath Saath), ‘Hoshwaalon Ko Khabar Kya’ (film Sarfarosh) benefitted numerous films too and brought melody back to films. His one song’ Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahe in Ho’ is an immortal song. As a singer, he was influenced by Hindi film songs since his childhood.

He used to hear various songs in radio and sang them occasionally. His idol was singer Mohammed Rafi. After his higher studies in Jalandhar, he had landed up in Bombay to get a break in films. In those days, getting a break into playback singing was not an easy task. Hence, he used to sing at many functions and weddings thrown by rich and famous people in Mumbai. It was that time he met Chitra, who was married then to Deboo Dutta. It is Deboo Dutta who noticed Jagjit Singh and gave him a break. As fate followed, Deboo and Chitra got divorced, and Jagjit and Chitra came closer to each other.

Later they got married in a simple ceremony and got busy into recording sessions. They were a highly successful husband-wife performer too. Together they have recorded popular albums such as ‘A Sound Affair’, ’Ecstasies’, The Unforgettable and ‘Passion’. Together, they recorded songs for more than three dozen Hindi films. Later the singer sang with legendary Lata Mangeshkar for his second Ghazal album’ ‘Sajda.' His song ‘Hontho Se Chhoo Lo Tum" from film ‘Prem Granth’ (1981) was a chartbuster and even now the song is played in every wedding ceremonies. Next year, the singer’s career saw another interesting turn with the release of Mahesh Bhatt’s ‘Arth.'

In this film, Jagjit has sung all the songs that became popular. This film proved that he is easily the best ghazal singer in the country. He came to films at a time when songs have lost melody. He was easily accessible to common man as he used to sing in stages. He enlightened the viewers in various languages such as Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi, Bengali, Sindhi or Nepali even. He has given his soulful voice for two TV serials ’ Mirza Ghalib’ and Kahkashan’. This singer was born in Rajasthan on February 8, 1941. He was trained in Hindustani classical music.

He mastered Khyaal, Thumri or Dhrupad genres. He also sang Sanskrit Bhajans, Urdu Ghazals, Punjabi Chabad's that communicated the power and beauty of his voice.In the year 2003, he was honored with India's most prestigious award, the Padma Bhushan. His voice was popular with international audiences too in countries like Pakistan, Australia, and the USA. This golden voice became total silence when he passed away for a brain hemorrhage in Mumbai, on October 11, 2011.

Jaswinder Singh

Jaswinder Singh is a well-known Ghazal singer, who was born in Mumbai, India to Kuldip Singh, a famous music director for Hindi movies, who composed Ghazals like Itni Shakti Hame De Na Daata. He is also a classical singer, trained under Dr Sushila Pohankar and the Indian classical vocalist, Maestro Pandit Ajay Pohankar. Jaswinder was initially trained by his father and later by Indian Ghazal singer and musician, Jagjit Singh. He also obtained formal education from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. Jaswinder performed Ghazals of well-known poets like Daag, Jigar, Mirza Ghalib, Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Kaifi Azmi. His family shares a close bond with the late Ghazal singer, Jagjit Singh, who has been his guru in his initial years. Jagjit helped him in shaping his style in singing and composing. In the year 2001, Jagjit introduced him to the world of Ghazal through his debut album, Aage Aage Dekhiye. He also performed along with his favorite guru (Jagjit) on stage during the latter’s UK concert in the year 2001. Jaswinder was selected to sing for Kaifi Aur Main, a stage play that depicts the life and times of the notable poet and lyricist Kaifi Azmi. The play features real-life couple Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi. The cast shared an interesting story from the life of Kaifi Sahib, a revolutionary poet. He lends his voice to some of the outstanding Ghazals, and Kaifi Saheb wrote the songs. He also made a performance in the conceptual show, Ghalibnaama, which is based on the poetry and writing style of Mirza Ghalib. He performed the song entitled Bahut Yaad Aate Ho Tum in Satyamev Jayate, a television talk show created by Aamir Khan in July 2012. He has toured all over the country and in countries like Singapore, UK, Australia, Canada, Dubai, Malaysia and Muscat and performed in more than five hundred live concerts. He was awarded ‘The Young Ghazal Maestro’ by the Indian Music Academy, which was presented by Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia. Jaswinder’s music album entitled Saregama HMV launched Ishq Nahin Asaan. He also released the music albums, Dilkash and Yours Truly earlier, by Tips Music, which proves that he is a successor of prominent Ghazal singers, Jagjit Singh and Pankaj Udhas. Jaswinder is known for doing foot-tapping songs and some Sufi, which he usually done at the end of his shows to make the evening more entertaining. In 2013, he sang for A.R. Rahman in the romantic drama film, Raanjhanaa. He has been invited in several special events including the 24th Sulaiman Khateeb Memorial function and the memorial concert of the late Jagjit Singh. He had an interview with TV Asia’s Face to Face.

Jaswinder Singh Hindi Actor