Pakistanis aggrieved over Jagjit Singh`s demise
Last Updated: Monday, October 10, 2011, 22:37
Islamabad: Pakistanis on Monday reacted with an outpouring of grief at the death of ghazal king Jagjit Singh with the news dominating TV channels and websites even as thousands of his fans here expressed their sorrow in social networking sites.

70-year-old Singh had numerous fans across the border, who had been closely following news of his illness.

Such was his popularity that TV channels led their news bulletins with reports on his death while some aired special programmes on his music.

Tina Sani, one of Pakistan's best known ghazal singers who had performed with Singh in India earlier this year, was among musicians and artists who expressed shock at the passing of the maestro.

"It's a sad day and it's been more of a shock for me as I performed with Jagjit sahab in India in February and March during a series of concerts organised to mark the centenary celebration of (Urdu poet) Faiz Ahmed Faiz," Sani said on phone from Karachi. State-run news agency Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) said Singh's "silky" voice ruled during early 80's in films like 'Prem Geet', 'Saath Saath' and 'Arth'.

"However, his major work is spread over more than 60 filmy and non filmy albums," it said.

Incidentally, Singh was admitted just hours before he was to perform with Pakistani ghazal maestro, Ghulam Ali, in Mumbai on September 23.

"It's a huge loss because Jagjit Singh was instrumental in bringing ghazals to my generation. When we were younger, we heard the ghazals of Mehdi Hassan and Begum Akhtar but that wasn't really our music. It was in the 1970s that Jagjit Singh took everybody by storm and swept us off our feet," Sani said.


First Published: Monday, October 10, 2011, 22:37

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