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Pak cafe prays for Jagjit Singh's recovery

On the menu, at a popular cafe in the Pakistani capital, are not just several dozen varieties of tea but ghazals of Indian singer Jagjit Singh, who's recovering at Mumbai's Lilavati hospital after a brain hemorrhage.

music Updated: Oct 04, 2011 14:12 IST

On the menu, at a popular cafe in the Pakistani capital, are not just several dozen varieties of tea but ghazals of Indian singer Jagjit Singh, who is recovering at a Mumbai hospital after a brain hemorrhage.



Singh suffered a brain hemorrhage shortly before a performance with Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali about a fortnight ago.



"Our hearts just missed a beat," reads the title of special paper mats placed on all tables at Chaaye Khana cafe in the aftermath of Singh's ailment.



"For over 40 years veteran ghazal singer Jagjit Singh has given the music of the subcontinent a taste that has introduced the conventional ghazal singing with a modern form that is truly his own -- making him the pioneer and the most successful recording artist outside the realm of Indian films," states the glossy mat with a picture of Singh singing.



Patrons are being treated to Singh's ghazals throughout the day, ranging from Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahe Ho to his more recent hits from Bollywood like Bari Nazuk Hai.



Jagjit Singh

"...with over 80 albums and innumerable hit scores under his belt, he was awarded India's third highest civilian honour, the Padma Bhushan, in 2003. His condition is still very critical. Chaaye Khana wishes the artist a speedy recovery."



Singh, who underwent a brain surgery, is still in the intensive care unit of Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai, but stable. Singh was admitted to the hospital on September 18 after he suffered a brain hemorrhage.