Jagjit Singh, the ghazal maestro turned 77, whose popular ghazals which gave vent to the feelings of many lonely hearts.
His ghazals, who created a rage among music lovers back in the 70s and 80s continues to be synonymous with ghazals even for the younger generation.
Jagjit Singh along with wife Chitra Singh almost rediscovered the ghazal genre in the 70s and 80s.
Freeing ghazal from the shackles of complexity, Singh brought a simplicity and lyrical quality to the genre, which was uniquely his own.
Director Mahesh Bhatt’s 1982 movie Arth revolving around an extra-marital affair would have remained incomplete without its soulful ghazals.
The beauty of these ghazals including — “Jhuki Jhuki Si Nazar” and “Tum Jo Itna Muskra Rahe Ho” hasn’t aged.
The roles of these songs in giving Arth a cult status can’t be denied.
Those days of the 80’s and 90’s were innocent.
Loneliness was still an awkward subject and The days were long when people used to take afternoon naps.
Children used to go on long summer vacations and then there were ghazals by Jagjit Singh.
Those ghazals captured the subtlety and nuances of infidelity and loneliness.
The film industry is witnessing a lot of new talents, but in the case of Jagjit Singh, the difficulty lies in recreating that whole old world that made Jagjit’s voice memorable and precious.
Jagjit Singh was of the view that music was for inspiration and not for competition.–CINEWS