Jagjit Singh – Ghazal King of India

Jagjit Singh has always been at top of my mind whenever it comes to the idea of listening a Ghazal.. I may have loved film Ghazals of Talat Mahmood Sahab.. may have liked quite a few of Ghulam Ali Ghazals from across the border.. yet to hear a Ghazal the first name that crosses my mind has always been that of great Jagjit Singh.. it was quite a coincidence that we were at KBC audience, the day Jagjit Singh Passed away on October 10 2011.. it dampened my spirits.. with him an era of Ghazal singing had come to an end.. atleast in India.. Here I have had some difficulty in picking up the choicest Ghazals by him.. more for the reason that I did have to leave out some most beautiful Ghazals recorded by him as duets with Chitra Singh.. indeed one day I would present the duo at Rupaye Mei Solah Gaane series..

रुपये में सोलह गाने – जगजीत सिंह

1. तुमको देखा तो ये खयाल आया – साथ साथ
2. ये दौलत भी ले लो – जगजीत सिंह लाईव
3. तुम इतना जो मुस्करा रहे हो – अर्थ
4. होठों से छू लो तुम – प्रेम गीत
5. होश वालों को खबर क्या – सरफ़रोश
6. हज़ारों ख्वाहिशें ऐसी – मिर्ज़ा ग़ालिब
7. चिट्ठी न कोई संदेश – दुश्मन
8. झुकी झुकी सी नज़र – अर्थ
9. तेरे खुश्बू में बसे खत – जगजीत सिंह लाईव
10. हर एक बात पे कहते हो – मिर्ज़ा ग़ालिब
11. आप को देख कर देखता रह गया – जगजीत सिंह लाईव
12. दिल ही तो है न संगो खिस्त्र – मिर्ज़ा ग़ालिब
13. मैं नशे में हूं – जगजीत सिंह लाईव
14. उम्र ज़लवों में बसर हो – जगजीत सिंह लाईव
15. बाज़ीचा-ए-अतफाल है – मिर्ज़ा ग़ालिब
16. क्या खोया क्या पाया हमने – अटल बिहारी वाजपेयी

अभय शर्मा 15 अप्रैल 2017

Dedications : Dr. Neerja and Dr. Vijay Kumar Dubey on their marriage anniversary.. was it yesterday ! I have also sung him on several occasions notably the top two Ghazals here and most of the Mirza Ghalib Ghazals.. I remember both Pankaj and Ajay and their group in Bareilly were all very fond of him.. Vineet Kumar and me have spent several nights singing and listening his Ghazals during the times we were at Nilgiri.. Alok Da too loved some of my renditions of Jagjit Singh.. There was one night when a friend Rakesh Sharma at Saras Baug had requested me to sing Shayad Main Zindagi ke Sahar le aa gaya umpteen times.. over a party when many of them including a M.Sc. batchmate JP were leaving for US shortly.. someday I should record some of his Ghazals in my own voice with Karaoke..

I never could avail an opportunity to hear him live.. money was a big constraint then and though I would have loved to spend some money on him I probably could not find a partner to join me.. it is all right.. Last night I saw the first part of Mirza Ghalib.. The two DVD set arrived a day before it was expected.. I believe Gulzar Sahab has done a phenomenal job.. and it was just too interesting to find another great actor in the script of things.. Neena Gupta looked truly electrifying in her role as Nawab Jaan.. Amazing that we had earlier seen the film Begum Jaan in the afternoon.. the film appeared a lttle too bold for Indian Cinema.. I would not give my judgement on the film.. I did like it in parts though..

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