Jagjit Singh Discography
Jagjit Singh or “King of Ghazals” was a prominent Indian classical music singer and composer. On this page, you’ll find Jagjit Singh’s Discography with all the albums and movies whose songs have been sung or composed by Jagjit and Chitra Singh (his wife).
While the objective of this page is to list Jagjit Singh discography, we would also like our readers to know more about this legend. Jagjit Singh (8 February 1941 – 10 October 2011), born Jagmohan Singh Dhimman, was an Indian classical singer and composer and is widely considered the king of Ghazal singing in India. He was born in a Punjabi Sikh family in Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan state of India. His father was a government surveyor and worked in the Public Works Department of the state government.
Early Education & Musical Training
Singh completed his primary education from Ganganagar before moving to Jallandhar to earn a degree in arts from DAV College. While Singh’s father insisted on him being an engineer in a government department or a bureaucrat, Singh insisted on pursuing music. He started learned music initially from a visually impaired master of Indian classical music, Pandit Chagan Lal Sharma and later from Ustad Jamal Khan of Maihar gharana, who taught and trained him in all the prominent styles of Hindustani Classical vocal tradition such as Khayal, Dhrupad, Thumri and others.
He started his professional career in 1961 by taking assignments in All India Radio’s Jallandhar station. In March 1965, Jagjit Singh moved to Mumbai – the Hollywood city of India. He started singing for advertising jingles and eventually progressed to playback singing. Singh (along with his wife Chitra) found his first success with the couple’s first LP – titled The Unforgettables (1977) by Jagjit and Chitra Singh. Singh’s work in film encompassed playback singing for productions such as Arth, Saath Saath and Premgeet. He composed all of the songs for the latter and the TV serial Mirza Ghalib which was based on the life of the legendary poet Mirza Ghalib and directed by Gulzar.
Singh was honoured by Padma Bhushan (India’s 3rd highest civilian award) in 2003. He was also awarded Sahitya Akademy Award in 1998 for popularising the work of Mirza Ghalib. In the year 2014, the government of Indian released two postage stamps in his honour.
Biography sourced from Wikipedia