The Loss Of a Star: In Remembrance Of Jagjit Singh

No more will the alluring melody of ghazals sound the same as Monday morning announced the loss of the possessor of the most gifted voice, Jagjit Singh. The world of music crippled as the ghazal maestro deceased at the age of 70 in Mumbai at Lilavati hospital due to a brain hemorrhage.

Also known as the Ghazal King, Jagjit Singh mesmerized the souls of millions who craved for softness and depth of music. He very finely conveyed his passion for ghazal music through the uncountable beautiful numbers he had produced. His rich tone and swaying pitch hit the minds of the audiences leaving them astounded.

The Ghazal King was born on February 8, 1941 in Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan to Amar Singh Dhiman, a government employee, and Bachan Kaur. His tryst with music started when his father sent him to Pandit Chaganlal Sharma for two years in Ganganagarhe. He later learnt Khayal, Thumri and Dhrupad forms of Indian Classical Music from Ustad Jamaal for six years.

He arrived in Mumbai in 1965 to make way for a better career in music, which started off by singing for jingles and performing at private events.

All through these five decades of his presence in the industry, his work has defined the art of ghazal music and provided soul, inspiration and enchantment all around the globe.

Rohant Chadha