Tribute to ghazal maestro

A concert is being held in the memory of Jagjit Singh by some of the most celebrated singers.
Updated on Oct 25, 2011 06:43 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | BySanjana Gupta, Mumbai

A tribute will be held to honour the memory and music of the late ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh. The first half of the concert will be see a performance by ghazal singer Jaswinder Singh, before popular playback singer, Hariharan takes over. The two will sing some ghazals from their own repertoires, as well as those popularised by Jagjit Singh.

Jagjit Singh, also known as “The Ghazal King,” passed away on the tenth of this month of a brain hemorrhage at the age of seventy. “Jagjitji is not physically with us, but he will always live in our hearts,” says Jaswinder Singh.

Jagjit Singh was a celebrated ghazal singer, composer and music director. He and his wife, Chitra Singh became the first successful husband-wife duo act in the history of recorded Indian music. His music became popular through films such as Prem Geet (1981), Arth (1982) and Saath Saath (1982). He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2003 for his contribution in the field of music and culture. “Jagjitji was really admirable. He was performing concerts and playing for audience right till the end,” adds Jaswinder Singh.

“He has left us such a rich heritage, and rather than crying over his passing, we as artists want to celebrate his music.” The concert will be held on November 3 at Nehru Centre, Worli, 6 pm onwards.

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