‘Jagjit Singh’ is a name who immortalized many ghazals with his voice like ‘Chiththi Na Koi Sandesh’, ‘Jhooki Jhooki Si Nazar Bekaar Hai Ki Nahi’, ‘Hosh Walon Ko Khabar Kya’. Even in Bollywood, Jagjit Singh lent his voice to many ghazals. People still like to listen to these ghazals. Jagjit Singh’s Ghazals made everyone crazy about his voice and people started calling him ‘Ghazal Samrat’. Today is the 83rd birth anniversary of Jagjit Singh. Let us tell you an interesting anecdote about Ghazal Samrat.
By spreading the magic of his voice, Jagjit Singh achieved a different position in the world of Ghazal, but this journey was not easy for him. Jagjit Singh struggled a lot for this success. During this period, there were many ups and downs in his personal life also. Jagjit Singh was born on 8 February 1941 in Sriganganagar district of Rajasthan. He was interested in music since childhood. He took music lessons from Ustad Jamal Khan and Pandit Chhaganlal Sharma. After this Jagjit came to Jalandhar for further studies. Here he took his graduation degree from DAV College.
While studying in DAV College, the other students of the hostel where Jagjit Singh lived did not like to live in the rooms near him, because he used to get up at five in the morning to do Riyaz. In those days, Jalandhar station of All India Radio had failed him in the genre of classical singing.
After this, Jagjit Singh once went to Bangalore on behalf of his university to participate in an inter-state college youth festival. Today’s famous film director Subhash Ghai also came to participate in this competition. Jagjit Singh’s turn came on stage at 11 pm. During this time, when people heard that a student of Punjab University would sing classical music, people started laughing. Because generally in their eyes Punjab was known for Bhangra.
After this, when Jagjit Singh reached the stage and started taking the aalap, then as Jagjit Singh’s presentation progressed, the audience present there was surprised, Jagjit Singh’s voice spread such magic that after the end of his presentation, there was noise of applause. Continued for a long time. Jagjit Singh won the first prize in this competition. Subhash Ghai had shared this incident in a book written on Jagjit Singh. Even though Jagjit Singh is not among us today, the magic of his voice is present everywhere. Today, Jagjit Singh’s loved ones are remembering him on his birth anniversary.