Today, February 8th 2012, is very special. Today happens to be the 71st birth anniversary of the esteemed ghazal maestro late Jagjit Singh and later this evening, the most-acclaimed stalwarts of our Indian music fraternity will be paying a tribute to him at a special concert in Mumbai.
Following a brain hemorrhage, Jagjit Singh passed away on 10th October last year. His unexpected demise completely shook the industry. In his memory, a special concert titled ‘Jagjit Singh – Yaadon Ka Safar‘ has been organized by The Global Indian Music Academy (GIMA), in partnership with COLORS and Wizcraft International Entertainment. It will be held later this evening at Intercontinental – The Lalit in Mumbai.
The expected artistes at the concert include Ghulam Ali, Ustad Rashid Khan, Anup Jalota, Bhupinder and Mitali Singh, Talat Aziz, Suresh Wadkar, Hariharan, Dr. L. Subramanium and Kavita Krishnamurthy, Kailash Kher, Hans Raj Hans, Shafqat Amanat Ali, Shaan, Kunal Ganjawala, and Richa Sharma. Renowned poet and lyricist Nida Fazli, along with celebrities like Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Mahesh Bhatt and Dia Mirza, will also be sharing personal anecdotes in memory of him.
Speaking on the occasion, his wife Chitra Singh said: “I am filled with a deep sense of pride and joy that the music fraternity is coming together to remember and honour my husband on his 71st birth anniversary. The tribute concert has my blessings and support. My family and I look forward to a nostalgic night embracing his memory.”
We miss you Jagjit Singh ji. May your soul rest in peace.
ABOUT JAGJIT SINGH
Known as ‘the Ghazal king’, he was also a songwriter and a musician. He was a Padma Bhushan & Sahitya Academy awardee. Some of his most famous works include Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahe Ho from Arth, Hontho se chhoo lo tum from Prem Geet and Hosh Walon Ko from Sarfarosh. He gained acclaim together with his wife, another renowned Indian Ghazal singer Chitra Singh in the 1970s and 1980s. With his demise, India has lost a gem.
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