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Sadhana Sargam: He created an era

Updated on: 27 February,2024 06:24 AM IST  |  Mumbai
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Sadhana Sargam and Sivamani remember their friend, colleague and co-collaborator

Sadhana Sargam: He created an era

Sadhana Sargam and Sivamani

Singer Sadhana Sargam remembers Pankaj Udhas as “a kind-hearted, sophisticated and very good-natured person.” She says, “His voice was beautiful, a gift from God. His contribution to the field of ghazals [is unparalleled], and he had made a special place for himself in this world. Despite the presence of several revered ghazal artistes, he could create an atmosphere that was [unique to him]. He created an era, and that is a commendable thing that few can do.” Shocked by the news of Udhas’ demise, Sargam admits she had no idea he was so unwell. 

“His film songs were popular, and some of the songs that I sang with him, including Mohra’s [1994] Na kajre ki dhar na motiyon ke haar, continue to hold a special place in my heart. Pankaj ji and I sang it together on stage on many occasions thereafter,” she reminisces. She also collaborated with him on Khazana and co-created the album, Kabhi Aasoon, Kabhi Khushboo. She adds, “Pankaj ji was successful in bringing Urdu to the people by simplifying it for the masses. His poetry was as simple as he was as a person.” 

A self-confessed fan of Udhas’ work, Sivamani shares, “Pankaji ji’s demise is a big loss for the industry. He has given so many singers the chance to showcase their skills on this platform, and that is admirable.” Calling Udhas a great master, the percussionist adds, “He had a unique voice and was capable of pulling off phenomenal concerts. At his concerts, he focused on presenting and furthering his traditional music appropriately and did it in the most beautiful way possible.” 

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