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12:00 AM, October 12, 2011 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, October 12, 2011


Passing of a musical legend

The void will be difficult to fill

Legendary Ghazal singer Jagjit Singh's sudden passing due to a brain hemorrhage on October 10, 2011 leaves millions of admirers around the world deeply saddened.
Known as the “Ghazal King”, he was famous for having revived the more traditional, classical Ghazals. However, one of Jagjit Singh's biggest talents and attributes was the fact that he popularised the art of singing Ghazals on a large scale, reaching millions of people of all age groups and social backgrounds. Many younger artists today have begun blending Ghazals and popular music but it was Jagjit Singh who can be credited as the pioneer in doing so. The serene quality in his voice reached far beyond the borders of India, his homeland, spanning half a century.
Born into a Sikh family in 1941 in Rajasthan, India, his innate musical talent was first noticed by his father, who sent his young son to learn music from talented musicians such as Pandit Chhaganlal Sharma and Ustad Jamal Khan. This gradually gave rise to the beauty and grace of the singer who truly grew into becoming one of the most talented Ghazal singers the world has ever known, giving this form of music an innovative and original style.
Among his many admirers are Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife. Perhaps Mr. Singh said it best when he said that Jagjit Singh would be remembered for his “golden voice”. He also added in his condolence message that Jagjit Singh “made Ghazals accessible to everyone and gave joy and pleasure to millions of music lovers in India and abroad.”
The world has genuinely lost one of the greatest musicians of his time. We deeply mourn the death of this musical legend. RIP, Mr. Singh.

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