In the rememberance of Jagjit Singh an event was organized by PCTE Group of Institutes on 15th October. Jagjit Singh (8 February 1941 – 10 October 2011) was a prominent Indian singer, composer, music director, activist and entrepreneur. Known as “The Ghazal King”, he gained acclaim together with his wife, Chitra Singh .They were the first successful husband-wife duo act in the history of recorded Indian music. Together, they are considered to be the pioneers of modern Ghazal singing and regarded as most successful recording artistes outside the realms of Indian film music.
Jagjit Singh voiced his concerns over politicisation of arts and culture in India. He also lamented about the lack of support experienced by the practitioners of India’s traditional art forms, particularly folk artists and musicians.
The ghazals like Chittin Na Koi Sandes, Hosh Waloun Ko Khabar Kiya, Hontoun Say Chou Lou Tum, Woh Kaghaz Ki Kashti, Woh Kaghaz Ki Kashti, Koi Fariyaad, Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahy Ho, Jaane Woh Kaisy Loug Thay Jinko were sung by the students and the faculty members of the PCTE College. Dr.K.N.S Kang Director General PCTE Group of Institutes said“Jagjit Singh made ghazals a household name. He simplified the otherwise elite form of singing and made it understandable for a common man. In his death, we have lost a popular ghazal maestro.
He added “Singh might not be in this world in his physical form today, but he will always be present in our lives in the form of his ghazals and music. His ghazals were simplistic yet profound. His contribution to the spread of indian music in the form of ghazals and bhajans (devotional songs) cannot be forgotten.”