Known as “The Ghazal King of India”, Jagjit Singh was a prominent Indian Ghazal singer, composer, music director, activist and entrepreneur.
He was awarded Padma Bhushan in 2003 for his contribution to India music and Ghazal culture. Ghazal was almost a dying breed of music, but Jagjit Singh did enough to make sure that current generation of music lovers continue to be in awe of him and relate to Ghazal by simplifying the complex form of ghazals into a simpler form of ghazals by amalgamating ghazal and geet.
His music became popular in mass media through films such as Prem Geet (1981), Arth and Saath Saath (1982), and TV serials Mirza Ghalib (1988) and Kahkashan (1991). 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.
But then, after prolong illness, Jagjit Singh left the world and departed on 10 October, 2011. As a tribute to him, we capture his top 10 ghazals and link to listen these songs and download them. We hope his music continue to inspire many talented singers and keep Ghazals alive:
(1) Hoton Se Choolo Tum – (Movie) Prem Geet (1981)
Click this link: Hoton Se Choolo Tum
(2) Jhuki Jhuki Si Nazar – (Movie) Arth (1982)
Click this link: Jhuki Jhuki Si Nazar
(3) Tum Jo Itna Muskura Rahe ho – (Movie) Arth (1982)
Click this link: Tum Jo Itna Muskura Rahe ho
(4) Woh Kagaz Ki Kashti, woh baarish ka paani
Click this link: Woh Kagaz Ki Kashti, woh baarish ka paani
(5) Ae Khuda Ret Ke Sehra Ko – (album) A Sound Affair – Jagjit Singh not only redered the ghazal but was also the music director.
Click this link: Ae Khuda Ret Ke Sehra Ko
(6) Aankhon Mein Raha Hai Kyun – (album) Evergreen Vol-1 – Jagjit Singh
Click this link: Aankhon Mein Raha Hai Kyun
(7) Hazaaron Khvaahishen aisii – (album) Mirza Ghalib – Jagjit Singh
Click this link: Hazaaron Khvaahishen aisii
Click this link: Koi Fariyad Mere Dil Mein, Dabi Hai Aise
Click this link: Badi Nazuk Hai Manzil
(10) Tum Ko Dekha – (album) Ghazal – E – Mohabbat – Jagjit Singh
Click this link: Tum Ko Dekha Toh, Yeh Khayal Aaya
(11) Gham Ka Khazana Tera Bhi Hai Mera Bhi Hai – (album) Sajda / Sazda – Jagjit Singh & Lata Mangeshkar
Click this link: Gham Ka Khazana Tera Bhi Hai Mera Bhi Hai
(12) Dhoop mein niklo ghataaon mein naha kar dekho, Zindagee kya hai kitaabon – (album) Sajda / Sazda – Jagjit Singh
Please add more and your favorite Jagjit Singh ghazals.
(13) Pyaar Ka Pehla Khat Likha, Naye parindo ko udne mein Waqt to lagta hai