Way before rock and remix kind of music took over the world, there was an unforgettable era known as the Jagjit Singh era, a man whose super-melodious voice took songs to a different level altogether. Fondly known as the Ghazal King, Jagjit Singh’s lovely vocals instantly made everyone fall in love with a genre that wasn’t really admired at one point in time. Well, Jagjit Singh’s music was a companion to all the broken hearts and shattered souls who found solace in his soothing voice.
It was eight years ago on October 11, 2011, that Jagjit Singh took his last breath and left the world due to a stroke. However, his musical gems are still afresh in the hearts and minds of all the ghazal lovers out there. Jagjit Singh has sung more than 40 private albums and has lent his voice for a lot of Bollywood films. His successful yet inspiring journey influenced a lot of musicians to join the industry. His songs from films like Arth, Saath and Premgeet redefined the concept of ghazal and are among the masses’ favourites.
On the occasion of Jagjit Singh’s 8th death anniversary, here’s a rundown of some of his classics that made him a household name and are still in everyone’s playlist:
1 – Jhuki Jhuki Si Nazar (Arth)
Trust Jagjit Singh to croon a song that sounds both romantic, and at the same time heartbreaking. Jhuki Jhuki Si Nazar one is among many such gems that defined the sheer musical genius that Jagjit Singh was.
2 – Koi Fariyaad (Tum Bin)
One may not remember the movie that Koi Fariyaad belonged to, but the fact that Jagjit Singh brought this classic to life shall always remain unforgettable. This song is considered as one of the best by Jagjit Singh, simply due to its heart-touching vocals and, of course, his soulful voice.
3 - Chithi Na Koi Sandesh (Dushman)
Ever listened to a song that will make you shed a tear or two, even when you aren’t sad? Well, this is the one! This masterpiece by Jagjit Singh was a reflection of the fact that, for him, emoting pain and heartbreak through music was a cakewalk.
4 - Tumko Dekha To Ye Khayal Aaya (Saath Saath)
As mentioned earlier, Arth’s soulful jukebox is synonymous with that of Jagjit Singh’s musical career. This song offers everything that will take you a world full of peace and serenity.
5 - Honthon Se Choo Lo Tum (Prem Geet)
How can we not mention Honthon Se Choo Lo Tum, when talking about the iconic Jagjit Singh? Considered as one of the best by Jagjit Singh, this song instantly connects with you Right from the music to its poetry-like lyrics and Jagjit Singh’s beautiful voice; everything about this track is simply bliss to one’s ears.
6 - Kagaz Ki Kashti
As beautiful the name of this song is, trust us, the music is equally hypnotizing (in a good way of course). Kagaz Ki Kashti is yet another soulful rendition by Jagjit Singh that instantly made a place in everyone’s hearts. Listen to it to know why people hail him as the ultimate king of ghazal.
Feeling nostalgic, aren’t you?
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