Indian singer Jagjit Singh dies

Jagjit Singh Singh was called the 'king of ghazal'

Renowned Indian singer Jagjit Singh has died in Mumbai (Bombay), aged 70.

Mr Singh, who was famed for his semi-classical ghazal songs, suffered from a stroke last month and had been in a coma in hospital ever since.

Popularly known as the "Ghazal King", Singh sang in a number of languages.

He is survived by his wife, Chitra Singh, who is also a leading ghazal singer. They had commercial success with songs recorded together in the 1970s and 1980s.

Singh's admirers say he revolutionised ghazal music and made it accessible to the wider public.

He also sang tracks for a number of popular movies, including Sarfarosh.

He was the first prominent ghazal singer from India in a genre dominated by Pakistani singers.

"He was the first real ghazal singer from India. Before him there were clones. The poetry in his music was beautiful," actor Anupam Kher said in a tribute.

"His music was gentle, soothing and went to your heart."

Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas said that Singh had made ghazal so accessible that his audiences "could sing along with him".

Jagjit Singh recorded more than 50 albums, many of them major commercial successes.


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    Comment number 40.

    He brought to many first-time ghazal listeners an incredible sense of sereneness and well-being. He leaves his legacy in the enormous library of wonderful songs that will be played for years to come.

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    Comment number 36.

    I've been a fan of Jagjit Singh since I was 8 yes old and have been to many of his concerts. I last saw him in May when he was telling the audience that he was going to perform 71 concerts this year to celebrate his 70th birthday. I was at the 28th concert. Jagjit appeared energetic and from a previous concert he looked revived and strong. It's a shock to hear of his sudden and untimely death.

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    Comment number 27.

    I feel fortunate to see Jagjt & Chitra Singh performing for 2 hours for one week at the inauguration ceremony of Jullundur Doordarhan in 1995. It was very amazing to see both singing at the request of audience, one instance they are singing classic, next instance they switch to Punjabi “Lok Geet”. I pray his soul rest in Peace as he has given Peace to many living beings through his live music.

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    Comment number 26.

    Gazal King Jagjit Singh will be remembered always for his boundless & soothing voice in our hearts..Rest in Peace Guru!

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    Comment number 23.

    for me HE will be immortal!
    i was fortunate enough to meet him in person and hear him live!
    have grown up listening to him...cant believe such souls do pass away!
    R.I.P. Jagjit sir!


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