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Sitting near a window,with his hands on his harmonium,and verses in his head, needled with the perfect emotions he beautifully threads them with beads of melodic lines. He had such a unique talent to hold the strong literary parlances in his hand and through his.

By Oct 12,2011  0

Sitting near a window,with his hands on his harmonium,and verses in his head,
needled with the perfect emotions he beautifully threads them with beads of
melodic lines. He had such a unique talent to hold the strong literary parlances in his
hand and through his voice he touched the art with such a sublime simplicity and
character, that it was not just universally accepted with applauds but it changed
the entire concept of the art being traditionally earmarked for the elite class. The
art that involved a gamble of words with hide and seek of emotions entangled
with comforting tunes, that was nothing but just a poetic form of singing, that
originated in the Middle East and spread to India from the 12th century,and was
conceived to be a circumscribed to a few people became an art for everyone, the
art of Ghazals. And the person who helped reach this milestone is rightfully called
the “King of Ghazals”, Jagjit Singh.

Born to a poor family in the north Indian state of Rajasthan on February 8, 1941,
He was raised as a Sikh by religion..He took to singing at an early age and like
millions of other migrants, travelled to Mumbai to make his fortune .In the 70’s, the
world of Ghazals was infused by well-known personalities like Mehdi Hassan, Talat
Mehmood and Begum Akhtar. In these circumstances, Jagjit Singh came out with
an album “The Unforgettables” which was an instant hit with the public. And then
the journey began. And today because of him, the audience for Ghazals has become
worldwide. Some who never understood the language Urdu, now have started
paraphasing the arduous verses of the dialect. And some who dont understand the
language or the finer details of ghazal singing have never been bothered by the
complexities, beacuse when Jagjit Singh sings, they feel, he sings just for them or
may be he sings through their emotions, his voice is like gossamer cobwebs and
the light that shines through touches them deep.

In his songs he had a immense power to gift you with a peace , and let you lose
yourself in the beauty of strings and music, but he has always assured to close his
doors for others , be it the grief of loosing his teenage kid or suicide of daughter,
he proves to be a person who believes music can heal every scar, and prefers to
heal others than self. Amitabh Bachan said “The sonorous silk voice of Jagjit
Singh is silent now”. So is the world of ghazals Without the legendary musician who
has touched many.

He died in Mumbai after a brain haemorrhage on 10th of October 2011 at an
age of 70.

 

“Har taraf har jagah bay shumaar aadmi phir bhi tanhaiyon ka shikaar aadmi
subah se shaam tak bojh dho tha hua Apni hi laash ka khud mazaar aadmi
har taraf bhagte dodte raaste har taraf aadmi ka shikaar aadmi
roz jeeta hua roz marta hua har naye din,naya intezaar aadmi
zindagi ka mukaddar safar dar safar aakhri saans tak beqraar aadmi..”

– Jagjit singh

 

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