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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Jagjit Singh passes away

MUMBAI: Jagjit Singh, a prominent Indian ghazal singer, composer, music director, activist and entrepreneur, popularly known as “the ghazal king” passed away on Monday at the age of 70.

Mr Singh had recently suffered an intracranial hemorrhagic stroke, or bleeding within the skull.

He was born on February 8, 1941 in Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan. Jagjit and his wife Indian ghazal singer Chitra Singh have together been regarded as the pioneers of modern ghazal singing.

He has sung in Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Gujarati, Sindhi and Nepali languages and was awarded India’s third highest civilian honour, the Padma Bhushan, in 2003.

With a career spanning over five decades and a repertoire comprising 80 albums, his work has been regarded as genre-defining.(

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