Jagjit Singh((Punjabi: ਜਗਜੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ,Hindi:जगजीत सिंह, Urdu: جگجیت سنگھ) (born February 8, 1941) is a famous ghazal singer from India. He sings in the Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi, Bangla and Gujarati languages.
Singh went to Khalsa High School in Ganganagar. He then studied science after matriculation at Government College,Ganganagar and went onto DAV College, Jalandhar in to graduate in arts. He also achieved a post-graduate degree in history from Kurukshetra University, Haryana.
During 1970s, the art of ghazal singing was dominated by well-established names like Noor Jehan, Malika Pukhraj, Begum Akhtar,Talat Mahmood and Mehdi Hassan. However, Jagjit was still able to make his mark and carve out a niche for himself. In 1976, his album The Unforgettables (On HMV LP Records) hit the music stores. Essentially a ghazal album, it's emphasis on melody and Jagjit's fresh voice was a departure from the prevalent style of ghazal rendition, which was heavily based on classical and semi-classical Indian music. Skeptics had their own reservations, purists scorned it but it was widely successful among listeners and the album set new sales records.
In 1967 he met Chitra, also a singer, while doing jingles. After a two year long courtship they got married in 1969. They epitomize the first successful husband-wife singing team. Jagjit Singh, with Chitra, has contributed immensely towards changing the course of this genre of music known as 'Ghazal' making it more ear friendly, melodic and enjoyable by a wider audience.
Later successful releases of the duo include Ecstasies, A Sound Affair and Passions. While these albums were breezy, Beyond Time released in the opening years of 1990s was an experimentation with sounds and conveyed a feeling that was beyond space and time. Around this time the duo was struck by grief as their only son, Vivek, who was twenty-one, met an untimely death in a road accident. Not only Jagjit and Chitra, it was a big shock to his numerous fans also. The album is a tour to the soul, ethereal, conscientious and introspective. The ghazals have a moving quality to them since they express the personal loss of Jagjit and Chitra. 'Someone Somewhere' was the last album containing ghazals sung by both. After that, Chitra quit singing, around the time of his first grandson, Armaan Chowdhury's birth.
Jagjit Singh's later albums, including Hope, In Search, Insight, Mirage, Visions, Kahkashan (meaning "Galaxy"), Love Is Blind, Chirag (meaning "Lamp"/"Flame") also achieved success. Sajda (an Urdu word meaning "offering"), which has ghazals sung by Jagjit and Lata Mangeshkar was another brilliant release and made its mark as a classic Ghazal album. The combined successes of his many albums made him arguably the number one ghazal singer in India. The audience wanted more and Jagjit Singh obliged with his Punjabi albums. Ebullient, effervescent and bubbly, his Punjabi songs are pleasant as well as joyous. Their enchanting ghazals use the choicest poetry by renowned poets including Mirza Ghalib, Qateel Shifai, Ameer Meenai, Kafeel Aazer, Sudarshan Faakir and Nida Fazli, and contemporary writers like Zaka Siddiqi, Nazir Bakri, Faiz Ratlami and Rajesh Reddy.
Jagjit also sang (as playback singer) for various songs in Bollywood films including Arth, Saath Saath and Premgeet (all from 1980s). The scores remain popular even today. In fact, all the songs of film Premgeet were composed by Jagjit. His compositions for the TV serial Mirza Ghalib (based on the life of the poet Mirza Ghalib), remain extremely popular among ghazal aficionados. The exclusive element of Ghalib's poetry was sensitively and wonderfully brought out in the soulful compositions of Ghalib's ghazals by Jagjit Singh. The album could veritably be called a magnum opus.
Compared to his earlier ghazals (sung during 70s and 80s) his later ghazals have acquired a more soulful and poignant demeanour, as in albums such as Marasim, Face To Face, Aaeena, Cry For Cry. But all through this, romance never took a backseat! The journey to the soul is punctuated by romantic pauses like Dil Kahin Hosh Kahin. A testimony to his popularity is his ghazals in recent Bollywood flicks like Dushman, Sarfarosh, Tum Bin and Tarkeeb.
Most of the earlier albums of Jagjit Singh had English titles. Later, these had Urdu names like Sahar (meaning "Dawn"/"Morning"), Muntazir (meaning "In waiting"), Marasim (meaning "Relation"/"Relationship"/"Affinity" ) "Soz" (Pathos) etc.. The switchover may not be deliberate but marks a milestone in his singing. These new albums show a far better selection of lyrics and yes, even the singing has scaled new peaks.
Besides ghazals, Jagjit Singh has also sung Bhajans and Gurbani (Hindu and Sikh devotional hymns respectively). Albums such as Maa, Hare Krishna, Hey Ram...Hey Ram, Ichhabal and also Man Jeetai Jagjeet in Punjabi, put him in the league of Bhajan singers such as Mukesh, Hari Om Sharan, Yesudas, Anup Jalota and Purushottam Das Jalota. The soothing effect that Jagjit's voice has on frayed nerves has prompted psychiatrists in metros (as large cities in India are called) to prescribe them as stress relievers. Contact Number....
Jagjit Singh is accredited with finding one of the foremost playback singers in Bollywood in modern times, Kumar Sanu. As he played a big part in Sanu's initial career, in an interview Sanu said that Singh took him to meet the legendary music composers Kalyanji Anandji after hearing his voice, from there on Sanu has become a legend in Bollywood for his range and singing as he went to win five male playback Filmfare Awards in a row. A record that still stands.
In addition to cultivating his own successful career, Jagjit Singh has been involved in guiding many new, talented singers such as Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Talat Aziz, Ghanshyam Vaswani, Ashok Khosla, Siza Roy and Vinod Sehgal. He also lends active support to several philanthropic endeavors such as the Library at St. Mary's (Mumbai), Bombay Hospital, CRY, and ALMA (an organization that adopts under-privileged students for further education and development).
In October 2007, Jagjit Singh was hospitalized following low blood circulation to the brain. Now he is doing fine.
tammana phir machal jaye mujhko yakin hai such kehti thi
|Pyar Kare Dis : Feel The Power of Love||2007|
|Umar||2006||playback Singer: "Khumari Chaddh Ke Utar Gayi"|
|Baabul||2006||playback Singer: "Kehta Hai Baabul"|
|Dhoop||2003||playback singer: "Benaam Sa Ye Dard", "Har Ek Ghar Mein Diya", "Teri Aankhon Se Hi" lyrics|
|Joggers' Park||2003||"Bari Najuk Hai" lyrics|
|Aapko Pehle Bhi Kahin Dekha Hai||2003||"Aisi Aankhen Nahin Dekhi"|
|Leela||2002||"Dhuan Uttha Hai", "Jaag Ke Kati", "Jabse Kareeb Ho Ke Chale", "Tere Khayal Ki"|
|Deham||2001||"Yun To Guzar Raha Hai"|
|Tum Bin||2001||Koi Fariyaad|
|Tarkieb||2000||Kiska Chehra ab mai dekhun... Tera chehra dekhkar|
|Shaheed Udham Singh||2000|
|Bhopal Express||1999||is duniya mein rakha kya hai|
|Sarfarosh||1999||"Hosh Walon Ko"|
|Dushman||1998||"Chhitti Na Koi Sandesh"|
|Khudai||1994||"Din Aa Gaye Shabab Ke", "Ulfat Ka Jab Kisis Ne Liya Naam", "Ye Sheeshe Ye Rishte"|
|Mammo||1994||hazaar baar ruke ham, hazaar baar chale by Gulzar|
|Khal Nayak||1993||"O Maa Tujhe Salaam"|
|Nargis||1992||"Dono Ke Dil Hai Majboor Pyar Se", Main Kasie Kahoon Janeman|
|Kaanoon Ki Awaaz||1989|
|Mirza Ghalib||1988||TV Hit Serial Directed by Gulzar|
|Aashiana||1986||"Humsafar Ban Ke Hum"|
|Long Da Lishkara||1986|| "Ishq Hai Loko"|
"Main Kandyali Thor Ve"
"Sare Pindch Puare Paye"
|Phir Aayee Barsat||1985||"Na Mohabbat Na Dosti Ke Liye"|
|Ravan||1984|| "Hum to Yun Apni Zindagi Se Mile"|
"Main Gar Mein Chunariya"
|Bhavna||1984||"Mere Dil Mein Tu Hi Tu Hai"|
|Tum Laut Aao||1983|
|Zulf Ke Saye Saye||1983||"Nashili Raat Mein"|
|Arth||1982|| "Jhuki Jhuki Si Nazar"|
"Koi Yeh Kaise Bataye"
"Tere Khushboo Mein Base Khat"
"Too Nahin To Zindagi Mein Aur Kya Reha Jayega"
"Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahe Ho"
|Saath Saath||1982|| "Pyar Mujh Se Jo Kiya Tumne"|
"Tum Ko Dekha To Yeh Khayal Aaya"
"Yeh Bata De Mujhe Zindagi"
"Yeh Bata De Mujhe Zindagi"
"Yeh Tera Ghar Yeh Mera Ghar"
"Yun Zindagi Ki Raah Mein" chitra singh
|Prem Geet||1981||Hontho se chhoo lo tum|
|Ek Baar Kaho||1980|
|Aankhon Aankhon Mein||1972||associate camera operator|
|Neem Ka Ped||1994||TV Serial ("Muunh ki baat sune har koii (Title Song)")|
|Hello Zindagi||19**||TV Serial ("Hai Lau Zindagi(Title Song)")|