RIP Jagjit Singh (The Voice of Dusk, Oct 24). He is the one who modernised the art of ghazal singing by introducing western instruments without affecting its soul, unlike the fusion we hear nowadays. Traditionalists used to Begum Akhtar and Mehdi Hassan criticised him at first, but eventually came around to admire him.
Maha, New Jersey
Jagjit Singh will be missed by us all, and can never be replaced. It seems like yesterday, that day in 1981 when I heard him, a 15-year-old, for the first time in Patna. We applauded loudly, and sang along...Ahista Ahista.
Amir Rasheed, New York
The pain and melancholy in Jagjit’s voice gave vent to the feelings of many a lonely heart. He made a mark during the ’70s, when the ghazal scene was dominated by well-established names like Noor Jehan, Malika Pukhraj, Begum Akhtar, Talat Mahmood and Mehdi Hassan. With his soulful numbers ‘Jhuki jhuki si nazar’ and ‘Kaagaz ki kashti’, Jagjit infused a new life in ghazals.
Padmini Raghavendra, Secunderabad
The loss of Jagjit Singh to ghazal is equalant to loss of Steve Jobs to Apple. He will be missed by all of us and can never be replaced. It seems like yesterday when I saw his first concert in 1981 at Patna, as a 15 year old, I also applauded most of the concert with the audience and in chorus we all sang AHISTA AHISTA. He will be missed.
Jagjit singh RIP. He is the one who modernized art of ghazal singing by introducing western instruments without affecting the soul of the ghazal unlike the fusion filth we hear nowadays. Traditionalists who were used to listening other greats like Begum Akhtar/Mehdi Hassan first criticised him, but they could not ignore him and eventually admired him.
Only the memories remain..... When we fell in love it was
'Aap ko Dekh kar dekhta reh gaya' or ' Agar hum kahein aur woh muskura dein'
When we fell out of love, we took the refuge in
'Sunte hein ki mil jaati ha har cheez dua se'
I am very sure that ages to come, when people will fall in or fall out of love, they will turn to one and only one Jagjit Singh.
Those were the days of the late seventies. Jagjit Singh on tape, cheap alcohol and friends in your engineering dorm room, soon all pretending to be shayars with very little hope of the company of the fairer sex. The pathos .... who could ask for anything more.
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