Jagjit Singh was an Indian Ghazal singer, composer and musician. "King of Gazal" was adhered to his name as he sang in numerous languages. Singh was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the government of India in 2003. In February 2014, Government of India also released a postal stamp in his honour.
HERE ARE SOME KNOWN AND UNKNOWN FACTS ABOUT THE LEGENDARY JAGJIT SINGH
- Jagjit Singh was born as Jagmohan Singh Dhiman on 8 February 1941, during the then British India.
2. Singh is credited for the revival and popularity of ghazals, an Indian classical art form, by choosing poetry that was relevant to the masses and composing them in a way that laid more emphasis on the meaning of words and melody evoked by them.
3. In terms of Indian Classical music, his style of composing and Gayaki (singing) is considered as Bol-pradhan, one that lays emphasis on words. He highlighted this in his music for films such as Prem Geet (1981), Arth and Saath Saath (1982), and TV serials Mirza Ghalib (1988) and Kahkashan (1991).
4.Jagjit Singh is considered to be the most successful ghazal singer and composer of all time in terms of critical acclaim and commercial success. With a career spanning five decades and a repertoire comprising over 90 albums.
5. He is the only composer and singer to have composed and recorded songs written by former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
6. Singh's 1987 album, Beyond Time, was the first digitally recorded release in India. He was regarded as one of India's most influential artists.
7. With sitar legend Ravi Shankar and other leading figures of Indian classical music and literature, Singh voiced his concerns over politicisation of arts and culture in India and lack of support experienced by the practitioners of India's traditional art forms, particularly folk artists and musicians.
8. In 1990, Vivek (Jagjit Singh and Chitra's son) died in a road accident at the age of 20. This came as a profound shock to Jagjit and Chitra Singh. They gave up music for a full year after the death. At the end of that period, Jagjit returned slowly to the music, but Chitra announced her retirement and declared that she would not sing or record any more songs.
9. Singh toured the UK in 2011 and was due to perform with Ghulam Ali in Mumbai but suffered a brain haemorrhage on 23 September 2011. He was in a coma for over two weeks and died on 10 October at Lilavati Hospital, in Mumbai.
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