Monday, 10 October 2011

Renowned ghazal singer Jagjit Singh passes away

Updated at: 0949 PST,  Monday, October 10, 2011
Renowned ghazal singer Jagjit Singh passes away ISLAMABAD: Renowned Indian ghazal singer Jagjit Singh passed away Monday at the age of 70 in the Intensive Care Unit of Mumbai Lilavati hospital in India due to brain hemorrhage.

The singer was admitted in ICU and underwent emergency Nueoro surgery twice. Jagjit Singh also had a history of heart ailments which were suspected to have trigger the damaged, reported a private news channel.

Singh was breathing with the aid of a ventilator. The 70 -years old also suffered from hypertension.

He was born on 8 February, 1941 in Rajhistan. 'The Ghazal King' was a singer, composer, activist and entrepreneur. He had sung in several languages including Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and Nepali.

Singh entered the music industry at a time which was primarily dominated by Pakistani ghazal singers, and Indian singers were considered relatively lesser authentic than their Pakistani counterparts.

Singh was the first Indian music director to use the technique of multi-track recording for his album 'Beyond Time'. Singh was admitted jus hours before he was to perform with another ghazal maestro, Ghulam Ali, in Mumbai.

Unlike other ghazal singers, Singh did not hesitate in lending his voice for films. His silky voice ruled during early 80's in films like Prem Geet, Saath Saath and Arth. However, his major work is spread over more than 60 filmy and non-filmy albums.

His music became popular in mass media through films such as Prem Geet (1981), Arth and Saath Saath (1982), and TV serials Mirza Ghalib (1988) and Kahkashan (1991).

Jagjit Singh is survived by his wife Chitra Singh, with whom he had produced several record-breaking albums. Their only son Vivek Singh had died in a road accident in 1990. (APP)
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