Thursday, October 27, 2016
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The Ghazal Maestro of the Millenium :

JAGJIT SINGH grew up in the cradle of Indian folklore, Rajisthan. The noted musician and teacher, Ustad Jamal Khan, groomed him in the fineries of music and Jagjit followed the pursuits of music and academic learning with admirable equability. In course of time he graduated from Punjab University and flowered into a fine vocalist with a rich, resonant voice. The inimitable style of his singing reveals the training he took in classical music for years.

A highly talented and prolific singer of India, Jagjit Singh has given performances all over India. He has won immense laurels from his concert tours in Japan, the Far East, the Middle East countries, Africa and Britain.

CHITRA SINGH, his beautiful wife has literally grown up in the cradle of music. Her mother, Smt. Krishna Shome, discovered Chitra-s potential talents early, and put her heart and soul to provide the young one with proper guidance in music. Endowed with the natural gift of a sweet voice, Chitra, a graduate from Calcutta University-took to her musical training in right earnest and, slowly but surely, acquired for herself an enviable position in the field of ghazal singing. Her later training in professional-ism was given by Jagjit Singh.
The entire music of this duo was mostly composed and arranged by Jagjit Singh. Jagjjt Singh, with his thorough knowledge of modern orchestration, gave a new dimension to the ghazals. His catchy rhythms and soulful music are a treat, some-times serene, sometimes frivolous and always thoroughly enjoyable. Jagjit prefers to draw on the traditional heritage of Ragas to form the basis of his tunes-and proceeds further to embellish them with modern orchestration. As a result, a distinctive and delightful blending of the traditional and the modern mark his musical compositions.

Jagjit Singh has sung quite a few ghazals written by a very accomplished Punjabi lyricist, whose flair of poetry is in a class of its own.He is the talented Madanpal, an Amritsar born, whose talent as a lyric writer are now a homely name in the Mumbai Music Circles and the Bollywood will strive to be most comprehensive directory of Historical Gurudwaras and Non Historical Gurudwaras around the world.

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