It has been six years since renowned ghazal singer Jagjit Singh passed away at 70 on October 10, 2011, but the memories and musical gems of the ghazal maestro are still alive in thousands of hearts.
Born on February 8, 1941 in Sriganganagar (Rajasthan, India) to a government employee, he had four sisters and two brothers. He was raised as a Sikh by religion. His birth name was Jagmohan but his Sikh father rechristened him Jagjit following the advice of his guru.With hits like Hontho Se Chhoo Lo Tum, Tum Ko Dekha and Meri Zindagi Kisi Aur Ki Mere Naam Ka Koi Aur Hai, among others, Jagjit Singh made a mark during the ‘70s when the ghazal domain was ruled by names like Mehdi Hasan, Noor Jehan and Begum Akhtar.The singer was credited with bringing the ghazal to the middle-class, making it more accessible to the masses. He cut more than 40 private albums and sang for innumerable Bollywood films, influencing an entire generation of music lovers.His songs from movies like Arth and Saath Saath are evergreen favourites.From Punjabi hits to tappe, ghazals and bhajana, Jagjit Singh’s contributed to various genres of music.He suffered a brain haemorrhage on 23 September 2011. He was in a coma for over two weeks and died on 10 October at Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai.