Jagjit Singh

Jagjit Singh is endowed with immense potentialities which are reflected in his brilliant career in the field of music. A famous musical maestro, Jagjit Singh is a prominent luminary in the field of Ghazals. Born on 8th February in the year of 1941 in Ganganagar area of Rajasthan, Jagjit Singh graduated from D.A.V College of Jalandhar.

Jagjit Singh received his formal training in vocal music from Ustad Jamal Khan. Married to Chitra Singh, Jagjit Singh is credited with several musical albums and beautiful songs of Hindi movies. The musical album The Unforgettables that was released in the year of 1976 reflects the artistic skills of this famous couple from Jalandhar.

Sung with passion, sincerity and devotion, the Ghazals of Jagjit Singh portrays the emotional aspect of the songs. Jagjit Singh and Chitra Singh are known for their contribution to the world of non- filmy music. Known for their dedication to music, Jagjit Singh and his wife have tremendous fan following all over the globe.

One of the prominent personalities of Jalandhar, Jagjit Singh is credited with popularizing Ghazals among the common masses. His unique singing style and beautiful compositions have attracted the attention of the vast audience who are spell bound with the enchanting rendition of Ghazal.

Apart from private albums, Jagjit Singh has sung in several Hindi movies. The passionate and emotional Ghazals perfectly fit into the romantic movies of the Hindi film industry. A musical genius, one can find a harmonious blend of traditional musical instruments with contemporary singing style in the various musical albums of Jagjit Singh.

In 2011, Jagjit Singh suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on 23rd September and was in a coma for over fifteen days at Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai. He passed away on 10th October and the following day he was cremated at Chandanwadi Crematorium in Mumbai. Many tributes were paid to Jagjit Singh after his death.

Awards and Honours
  • 1998 - Sahitya Kala Academy Award by Rajasthan government
  • 1998 - Lata Mangeshkar Samman by Madhya Pradesh Govt
  • 2003 - D. Litt. by Kurukshetra University, Haryana
  • 2003 - Awarded the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian award, by Govt of India
  • 2006 - Teacher's Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2012 - Awarded the Rajasthan Ratna, Rajasthan’s highest civilian award, by State Govt of Rajasthan
  • 2013 - Google honored Jagjit Singh’s 72nd birthday with a doodle on its India homepage.

Last Updated on 8th Feb 2013



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