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Pankaj Udhas

Pankaj Udhas

Pankaj Udhas is a pre-eminent Ghazal singer from India. He is credited with bringing this unique singing style where Urdu verses of poets are set to music to the mass audience across the country along with other musicians like Jagjit Singh and Talat Aziz.

Biography

Pankaj Udhas was born on 17 May, 1951 in Jetpur in the Gujarat State of India, and is the youngest of three brothers. He hails from Charan community. His older brother Manhar Udhas achieved some success as a Hindi playback singer in Bollywood movies. His brother Nirmal Udhas is also a well-known Ghazal Singer and was the first of the three brothers to start singing in the family. He had studied in Sir BPTI Bhavanagar. His family moved to Bombay and Pankaj attended St. Xavier's College in Bombay, Pankaj was first noticed as a professional singer in the film Naam (1986 film), in which his song Chitthi Aayee Hai became an instant hit. He recorded several albums since then and toured the world as an accomplished Ghazal singer. He has also performed as a playback singer for many films.

He received the Padma Shri, a Government of India civilian award in 2006.

Trivia

He appeared on an edition of Bournvita Quiz Contest in 1997.
Upcoming television actress Sonal Sehgal featured in one of his videos.

References

External links

Lyrics are available at - http://pankajudhas.blogspot.com

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