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Indian Music ~ Ghazal Style

Genre : GhazalStructured, metered, lyrical, romantic, love, separation, pathos, philosophic, urdu, nineteenth century classics     

Jagjit & Chitra Singh:


Koi samjhega kya raaz-e-gulshan 

Ye daulat bhi le lo 

Sarakti jaye hai rukh se




Jagjit Singh – rest in peace……..


Fasila to hai magar, koi fasila nahin,

mujh se tum juda sahi, dil se to juda nahin…..

For those of us who grew up with Jagjit Singh’s music, today is a sad day.

He nourished and polished Ghazal composition to another level. He gave Ghazal a long lease of life with his very contemporary music  and technically correct rendering. He was the Mozart of Indian light classical music.

I go back to ‘Sarakti jaye hai…’ when I stepped out of college. It was pure magic. Those notes seeped into my soul. Ever since, Jagjit Singh has been a partner in my ups and downs, ecstasies, pinks, blues, greys and all shades in between. Cheeky ‘Mera na aitbar karo, main nashe main hoon….’ to the melancholic ‘ Tere khat……’ a  philosophic ‘Apni marzi se kahan apne safar ke hum hain…’ to an earthy ‘Ye daulat bhi le lo, yeh shohrat bhi le lo……’ it is an endless medley of gems.

To all of us Jagjit and Chitra loyalists he was a soul lifter who could make you walk on water. He selected his ghazals meticulously, crafted the music brilliantly and sang it like there was no tomorrow. Some said that he was a better composer than he was a singer. I think his true genius was in presenting each Ghazal as a complete and lovingly packaged product to a younger audience that was not mature for the classical genre…..and to a national ambiance, full of clutter and ‘noise’. I never saw him in a live concert (we bought tickets to a concert last year though, only to find the show cancelled for some reason). His audience connect was extraordinary. Jagjit was a bright star born in a country which has produced a whole galaxy of stars at regular intervals.

I am sad at his passing away, not that he is no more, but because he will sing no more. Legends are not lost, Jagjit ji, you will always live in our hearts and souls.


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