Jagjit Singh to enthrall with ghazal symphony

Mumbai, Dec 7 (IANS) Ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh is set to perform here Tuesday in a one of its kind ghazal concert.

‘It is an attempt to give the audience a whole new feel of ghazals. There will be 30 musicians playing live. They will play flutes, violins, guitars and other instruments,’ Jagjit Singh told IANS.

‘We have 30 artists performing together unlike the usual four-five at regular concerts. Also, there will be very carefully planned music and ghazals. We will perform around 18 to 20 ghazals,’ he added.

With a career spanning over four decades and a repertoire comprising 50 albums, Jagjit Singh has sung in Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Gujarati, Sindhi and Nepali. He is credited with the revival and popularity of ghazal through his music in films and in 2003, he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian award.

When asked why he has reduced his work in Hindi films, he said: ‘I don’t mind doing Bollywood, but they should call me for it! People have categorised me and call me only for a particular genre or type of songs.’

He was last heard in the recently released film ‘Shah Rukh Bola Khoobsurat Hai Tu’.

Any new album on the anvil?

‘Yes, I am in the process of coming up with an album. It will be out soon,’ he revealed.

–Indo-Asian news Service


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