April 21, 2024

Ghazal maestro Pankaj Udhas: A final note

Pankaj Udhas, 72, passes away on Tuesday after battling against cancer.

Pankaj Udhas, 72, passes away on Tuesday after battling against cancer.

Renowned Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas whose famous song ‘Chitthi Aayee Hai’ brought tears in everyone’s eyes, passed away at the age of 72 on Monday after battling a prolonged illness.

His family issued a statement expressing their deep sorrow, revealing that the maestro breathed his last at 11 AM in Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai. He was undergoing a treatment for cancer for the past few months. The singer’s final rites are scheduled for Tuesday.

Bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh wrote on his X account- “Huge loss to the music world .. #PankajUdhas ji’s music touched millions of hearts across the planet. His legacy will live on for ever. Deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.”

Pankaj Udhas, born on May 17, 1951, in Jetpur, Gujarat, India, embarked on his musical journey at a young age, influenced by a family deeply rooted in music. Initially involved in Hindi films and Indian pop, he discovered his true passion in ghazals, releasing his debut ghazal album, “Aahat,” in 1980. This marked the commencement of an illustrious career that included over 60 solo albums and various collaborative projects.

About Pankaj Udhas

Udhas initially started singing for Hindi films and explored Indian pop music. However, he found his true calling in ghazals, a form of Urdu poetry set to music. In 1980, he released his first ghazal album, “Aahat,” marking the beginning of a prolific career.

Over the decades, Pankaj Udhas released over 60 solo albums and collaborated on numerous projects. His melodious voice, coupled with a deep understanding of ghazal poetry, resonated with audiences, making him a pioneer in bringing ghazals to the mainstream.

Some of his notable songs include “Chitthi Aai Hai” from the film “Naam” (1986) and “Aa Gale Lag Ja.” These hits established him as a household name and solidified his position as one of India’s leading ghazal singers.

The legendry singer received various prestigious awards, including the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Ghazal Singing, and the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honor.

Beyond his musical achievements, Udhas is known for his humble and down-to-earth personality. His legacy as a ghazal icon continues to live on, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of music enthusiasts worldwide.

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