Renowned Indian singer Jagjit Singh has died in Mumbai on Monday the 10th of October 2011. The maestro had been in intensive care at Mumbai’s Lilavati hospital, for three weeks after undergoing surgery when he fell seriously ill with a brain haemorrhage.
He was 70 yrs, and is survived by his wife Chitra Singh, who is also a leading ghazal singer.
Singh's admirers say he revolutionised ghazal music and made it accessible to the wider public.
He also sang tracks for a number of popular movies, including Sarfarosh.
He was the first prominent ghazal singer from India in a genre dominated by Pakistani singers.
"He was the first real ghazal singer from India. Before him there were clones. The poetry in his music was beautiful," actor Anupam Kher said in a tribute.
"His music was gentle, soothing and went to your heart." Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas said that Singh had made ghazal so accessible that his audiences "could sing along with him".
Jagjit Singh recorded more than 50 albums, many of them major commercial successes.
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