The King of Ghazals, Pankaj Udhas was born on 17th may 1951 in Rajkot, Jaipur. His whole family is into the world of music. He had studied in Sir BPTI Bhavanagar.His family moved to Mumbai and Pankaj pursued his degree at ST. Xavier's College, Mumbai. He also got trained in Indian Classical Vocal under the tutelage of Master Navarang. He started his career with the first ghazal album titled " Aahat " in 1980 and subsequently recorded many hits like "Mukarar" in 1981, “Tarrannum” in 1982, “Mehfil” in 1983, Pankaj Udhas Live at “Royal Albert Hall” in 1984, “Nayaab” in 1985 and “Aafreen” in 1986.Udhas became, even more, famous after singing in the movie “Naam”, in which his song "Chitthi Aayee Hai" became an instant hit.
His first stage performance was during the Sino-Indian War where he sang, “Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon.” He was Awarded “Padmashree” in 2006, for his contribution to the art of ghazal singing his huge contribution to cancer patients and thalassemic children through his on the occasion of him completing 25 years of ghazal singing. In 2006, he was honored with the prestigious "Kalakar" award at Kolkata for "Hasrat" as "Best Ghazal album of 2005". As well as in 1998, he was awarded Indian Arts Awards Gala presented by the Mayor of the City of Jersey City. Pankaj Udhas is married to Farida. They have two daughters, Nayaab, and Reva.