‘Tum itna jo muskura rahe ho, kya gam hai jisko chhupa rahe ho’ – who is not familiar with these lyrics of the famous Ghazal by Jagjit Singh? 8th February marks the 80th birth anniversary of The King of Ghazals-Jagjit Singh. He not only made the elite class Ghazals accessible to everyone but also spread the magic of music.
His melodious voice and pure music still touch everyone’s soul bringing tears to their eyes. From his first break to the last song, let us have a look at the journey of the Ghazal King.
- Jagjit Singh was a great hockey player during his college days. He was also a part of his college’s hockey team. Although he could not continue playing hockey after developing an interest in music.
- The singer has completed his post-graduation in Master of Arts from Kurukshetra University in Haryana.
- He came to Mumbai in 1965 without informing any of his family members.
- During his struggling days, he was offered the role of an actor in a Gujarati film. The singer politely refused the opportunity because he wanted to stay committed to singing.
- Jagjit Singh started his career by singing and composing music pieces at AIR Jalandhar radio. Mohammad Rafi was his inspiration and he often used to sing his songs on the Radio.
- Initially, the Ghazal King met his wife in a recording studio. Later the duo sang many songs together and fell in love with each other. Interestingly, their marriage ceremony lasted two minutes and cost them Rupees 30 only.
- In 1990, the Singer lost his only son in a road accident. This incident devasted the couple ending the duo’s together projects.
- Many Ghazals of Jagjit Singh represent his pain of losing a loved one. From Chitthi na koi sandes to Koi fariyad, his Ghazals reflect the suffering of a broken heart.
- He came into the limelight after recording the first Indian digital album named ‘Beyond Time’.
- He was also awarded the Padma Bhushan Award by the Indian Government in 2003.
Jagjit Singh was not only a great singer but also a pure-hearted person. Today, on his birthday, let us give him a tribute by listening to his famous and most loved Ghazals.