Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh today released a set of two commemorative stamps (Setenant) in honour of late ghazal singer Jagjit Singh on his 73rd birth anniversary.\”There is a special place for Jagjit Singh in the history of music in India. I am glad to release a commemorative stamp in his honour. He was a unique artist and excelled in all genres of music, but he will be remembered the most for his ghazals,\” said Singh.\”He dedicated his whole life to music. He faced a lot of struggle in his personal life andstill he continued his work. Artists like him are born once in a hundred years and I would like to pay a tribute to this legendary singer,\” he said.Along with PM Manmohan Singh and Sibal, Jagjit Singh\’s wife Chitra Singh was also present.
.Jagjit Singh (February 8, 1941 – October 10, 2011 ) was a prominent Indian Ghazal singer, composer, music director, activist and entrepreneur. Popularly known as \”The Ghazal King\” he gained acclaim together with his wife, another renowned Indian Ghazal singer Chitra Singh, in the 1970s and 1980s, as the first ever successful duo act (husband-wife) in the history of recorded Indian music. He has sung in Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Gujarati, Sindhi and Nepali languages.
He was awarded India\’s third highest civilian honour, the Padma Bhushan, in 2003. Jagjit singh suffered an intracranial hemorrhagic stroke, or bleeding within the skull. This kind of bleeding could occur when a blood vessel within the skull is broken or leaking. Widely credited for the revival and popularity of Ghazal , an Indian classical art form, by simplifying the complex form of Ghazals in to a more simpler form of Ghazals by amalgamating Ghazal and Geet. His music became popular in mass media through films such as Prem Geet (1981), Arth and Saath Saath (1982), and TV serials Mirza Ghalib (1988) and Kahkashan (1991). Jagjit Singh is considered to be the most popular ghazal singer and composer of all time, in terms of commercial success. With a career spanning over five decades and a repertoire comprising 80 albums the range and breadth of his work has been regarded as genre-defining. He is the only composer and singer to have composed and recorded songs written by Prime Minister – Atal Behari Vajpayee, also a critically acclaimed poet – in two albums, Nayi Disha (1999) and Samvedna (2002). India\’s current Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur are known to be his avid admirers. On May 10, 2007, in a milestone joint session held in the historic Central Hall of India\’s Parliament (Sansad Bhawan), Jagjit Singh rendered the last Moghul Emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar\’s famous ghazal \”Lagta nahin hai dil mera\” to commemorate the 150th anniversary of India\’s First War of Independence (1857). He is regarded as one of India\’s most influential artistes. Together with sitar legend Ravi Shankar and other leading figures of Indian classical music and literatureHe had lent active support to several philanthropic endeavors such as the library at St. Mary\’s School, Mumbai, Bombay Hospital, CRY, Save the Children and ALMA.