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Chitra Singh
Jagmohan Singh Dhiman
MonicaVivek Singh
Kurukshetra University
Sri Ganganagar
Sikhism
Male
Amar Singh
Bachan Kaur
Aquarius
Sri Ganganagar
70
Mumbai
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Who is Jagjit Singh?

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Jagjit Singh was a renowned Indian singer, writer and musician, famously dubbed as the ‘Ghazal King’. Born into a middle class Sikh family, he was a child prodigy in music; his father identified his talent and encouraged him to learn classical music. After his graduation, he moved to Mumbai to pursue a career in music industry and experienced his fair share of struggle in the industry to find work. In the meantime, he married Chitra, another singer, and together they started singing compositions. But it was not until after seven years of marriage, when the couple’s first fruitful album was released. The magic of the duo's voice, their blissful romance and the utter intensity of their ghazals enthralled everyone. Thereafter the couple worked both on solo and joint musical projects and performed concerts worldwide. He achieved incredible success through his soulful and mesmerizing voice in several genres of singing ranging from romantic melodies to sad compositions and devotional hymns. However his personal life was deeply affected when his only son died at a young age, after which his wife gave up singing. But he continued to sing and his songs only gained more popularity with each passing day. A spellbinding singer and a great person, he established himself as one of India's most influential artists and his melodies continue to communicate with the deepest human emotions.

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Jagjit Singh Childhood & Early Life

He was born on February 8, 1941 in Sri Ganganagar, Bikaner princely state, India, to Sardar Amar Singh Dhiman, a government official, and his wife, Sardarni Bachchan. He was one of seven children of his parents.

He received his early education from the Khalsa High School and Sri Ganganagar Government College. Later he attended the DAV College at Jalandhar and graduated with arts degree. Then he obtained a post-graduate degree in history from Kurukshetra University in Haryana.

With a natural flair for music which his father spotted in him, he was encouraged to learn music from renowned classical musicians such as ‘Pandit Chaganlal Sharma’ and ‘Ustad Jamaal Khan’ in the early years of his life.

Jagjit Singh Career

In 1965, he traveled to Mumbai to pursue a career as a musical artist in the entertainment industry. Initially, he worked as a jingle writer for advertisements and performed at wedding functions.

Later, he started his career as a playback singer and persuaded the record company HMV to produce an ‘Extended Play (EP)’. He also acted in his first film in ‘Dharati Na Chhoru’, a Gujarati production by Suresh Amin.

In 1976, he released his first successful LP titled ‘The Unforgettable’, along with his wife, Chitra. The album was an instant hit.

Subsequently, the singing duo recorded albums such as ‘Biraha Da Sultan’ (1978) and ‘Come Alive in a Concert’ (1979). In later years, the couple released many more successful albums including ‘Ecstasies’ (1984), ‘A Sound Affair’ (1985) and ‘Passions’ (1987).

His later solo albums include ‘Hope’ (1991), ‘In Search’ (1992), ‘Visions’ (1992), ‘Mirage’ (1995) and ‘Love Is Blind’ (1998) which received considerable success. Besides ghazals, he also sang devotional songs in albums such as ‘Man Jeetey Jagjit’ (1990), ‘Maa’ (1993), ‘Hare Ram Hare Krishna’ (1999).

He also sang many melodious Bollywood film songs such as ‘Hontho se chhoo lo tum’, ‘Jhuki Jhuki Si Nazar’, ‘Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahe Ho’, ‘Tum Ko Dekha To Yeh KhayalAaya’, ‘Din Aa Gaye Shabab Ke’, ‘Hosh Walon Ko’, ‘Kiska Chehra ab mai dekhun’, ‘Badi Nazuk Hai’ and many more.

Some of his more recent albums include ‘Aaeena’ (2000), ‘Soz’ (2001), ‘Forever’ (2002), ‘Chahat’ (2004), ‘Moksha’ (2005), ‘Awaaz’ (2007), ‘Jazbaat’ (2008) and ‘Inteha’ (2009).

Jagjit Singh Major Works,

One of his most celebrated works is the album ‘The Unforgettable’ (1976) which features compositions such as ‘Baat Niklaygi Toh’ and ‘Sarakti Jaye Hai’. The album was an immediate success and established him and his wife, as remarkable Ghazal singers.

In 1988, he composed all of the songs for ‘Mirza Ghalib’, a TV series based on the life of the eponymous poet, Mirza Ghalib, featuring some of his evergreen tracks such as ‘Hazaron Khwahishen Aisi’ and ‘Dil-e-Nadaan Tujhe’.

Jagjit Singh Awards & Achievements

In 1998, he was awarded the Sahitya Kala Academy Award by Rajasthan government.

In 1998, he also received the Sahitya Academy Award, a literary honor in India for popularizing the work of Mirza Ghalib.

In 2003, he was conferred the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian honor by the government of India.

In 2006, he was awarded the Teacher's Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2012, he was posthumously awarded the Rajasthan Ratna, the highest civilian award by the State Government of Rajasthan.

Jagjit Singh Personal Life & Legacy

In 1967 he met Chitra Dutta, a married Bengali singer. Soon she divorced her first husband and married him in December 1969. They performed together in many critically as well as commercially successful albums.

They were blessed with a son, Vivek, who unfortunately died in an accident in 1990. The couple was shattered by this loss and Chitra quit singing after the incident. Even though he continued singing, he was deeply afflicted by the incident for the rest of his life.

He died on October 10, 2011 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India due to cerebral hemorrhage after being in coma for two weeks. He was cremated at Chandanwadi Crematorium in Mumbai.

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Jagjit Singh awards

  • Other

    • Sangeet Natak Academy Award
    • 1998
      Sahitya Kala Academy Award by Rajasthan government
    • 1999
      Dayawati Modi Award
    • 1998
      Lata Mangeshkar Samman
    • 2003
      D. Litt. by Kurukshetra University
    • Haryana
    • 2006
      Teacher's Lifetime Achievement Awards
    • 2012 - Rajasthan Ratna
    • 2003 - the Padma Bhushan
    • 1998 - Sahitya Academy Award for popularizing the work of Mirza Ghalib
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Jagjit Singh biography timelines

  • He was born on February 8, 1941 in Sri Ganganagar, Bikaner princely state, India, to Sardar Amar Singh Dhiman, a government official, and his wife, Sardarni Bachchan. He was one of seven children of his parents.
    8th Feb 1941
  • In 1965, he traveled to Mumbai to pursue a career as a musical artist in the entertainment industry. Initially, he worked as a jingle writer for advertisements and performed at wedding functions.
    1965
  • In 1967 he met Chitra Dutta, a married Bengali singer. Soon she divorced her first husband and married him in December 1969. They performed together in many critically as well as commercially successful albums.
    1967 To Dec 1969
  • In 1976, he released his first successful LP titled ‘The Unforgettable’, along with his wife, Chitra. The album was an instant hit.
    1976
  • One of his most celebrated works is the album ‘The Unforgettable’ (1976) which features compositions such as ‘Baat Niklaygi Toh’ and ‘Sarakti Jaye Hai’. The album was an immediate success and established him and his wife, as remarkable Ghazal singers.
    1976
  • Subsequently, the singing duo recorded albums such as ‘Biraha Da Sultan’ (1978) and ‘Come Alive in a Concert’ (1979). In later years, the couple released many more successful albums including ‘Ecstasies’ (1984), ‘A Sound Affair’ (1985) and ‘Passions’ (1987).
    1978 To 1987
  • In 1988, he composed all of the songs for ‘Mirza Ghalib’, a TV series based on the life of the eponymous poet, Mirza Ghalib, featuring some of his evergreen tracks such as ‘Hazaron Khwahishen Aisi’ and ‘Dil-e-Nadaan Tujhe’.
    1988
  • They were blessed with a son, Vivek, who unfortunately died in an accident in 1990. The couple was shattered by this loss and Chitra quit singing after the incident. Even though he continued singing, he was deeply afflicted by the incident for the rest of his life.
    1990
  • His later solo albums include ‘Hope’ (1991), ‘In Search’ (1992), ‘Visions’ (1992), ‘Mirage’ (1995) and ‘Love Is Blind’ (1998) which received considerable success. Besides ghazals, he also sang devotional songs in albums such as ‘Man Jeetey Jagjit’ (1990), ‘Maa’ (1993), ‘Hare Ram Hare Krishna’ (1999).
    1991 To 1999
  • In 1998, he was awarded the Sahitya Kala Academy Award by Rajasthan government.
    1998
  • In 1998, he also received the Sahitya Academy Award, a literary honor in India for popularizing the work of Mirza Ghalib.
    1998
  • Some of his more recent albums include ‘Aaeena’ (2000), ‘Soz’ (2001), ‘Forever’ (2002), ‘Chahat’ (2004), ‘Moksha’ (2005), ‘Awaaz’ (2007), ‘Jazbaat’ (2008) and ‘Inteha’ (2009).
    2000 To 2009
  • In 2003, he was conferred the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian honor by the government of India.
    2003
  • In 2006, he was awarded the Teacher's Lifetime Achievement Award.
    2006
  • He died on October 10, 2011 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India due to cerebral hemorrhage after being in coma for two weeks. He was cremated at Chandanwadi Crematorium in Mumbai.
    10th Oct 2011
  • In 2012, he was posthumously awarded the Rajasthan Ratna, the highest civilian award by the State Government of Rajasthan.
    2012
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Frequently asked questions about Jagjit Singh

  • What is Jagjit Singh birthday?

    Jagjit Singh was born at February 8, 1941

  • Where is Jagjit Singh's birth place?

    Jagjit Singh was born in Sri Ganganagar

  • What is Jagjit Singh nationalities?

    Jagjit Singh's nationalities is Indian

  • Who is Jagjit Singh spouses?

    Jagjit Singh's spouses is Chitra Singh

  • Who is Jagjit Singh childrens?

    Jagjit Singh's childrens is Monica, Vivek Singh

  • What was Jagjit Singh universities?

    Jagjit Singh studied at Kurukshetra University university

  • What is Jagjit Singh's religion?

    Jagjit Singh's religion is Sikhism

  • Who is Jagjit Singh's father?

    Jagjit Singh's father is Amar Singh

  • Who is Jagjit Singh's mother?

    Jagjit Singh's mother is Bachan Kaur

  • What is Jagjit Singh's sun sign?

    Jagjit Singh is Aquarius

  • When was Jagjit Singh died?

    Jagjit Singh was died at October 10, 2011

  • Where was Jagjit Singh died?

    Jagjit Singh was died in Mumbai

  • Which age was Jagjit Singh died?

    Jagjit Singh was died at age 70