Popularly known as 'The King of Ghazals', Jagjit Singh was born as Jagmohan Singh Dhiman in Rajasthan (All photos/mid-day archives)
Jagjit Singh was a post-graduate in History from Kurukshetra University in Haryana
He received training in classical music by Ustad Jamal Khan of the Senia Gharaana
For his ghazals, Jagjit Singh chose poetry that was relevant to the masses and was known for the revival and popularity of the form. His career spanned over five decades, during which he released 80 albums
Jagjit Singh has sung songs in Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Gujarati, Sindhi and Nepali
He was the only composer and singer to have composed and recorded songs written by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee - also a critically acclaimed poet - in two albums, Nayi Disha (1999) and Samvedna (2002)
Jagjit Singh married singer Chitra in 1969, and composed and sang many duets with her
The couple released 'The Unforgettable' album in 1976, and their work was highly appreciated
'Hoton Se Choo Lo Tum', 'Hosh Waalon Ko' and 'Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahey Ho' are among his most memorable Bollywood numbers, and remain popular as ever
Jagjit Singh sang with Lata Mangeshkar in the album called 'Sajda'
The singer shared a great rapport with legendary lyricist Gulzar
For his immense contribution to music, Singh was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2003. A biography of Singh titled Beyond Time was released in 2012. It was based on about 40 hours of interviews with him
On the Ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh's 78th birth anniversary, we pay a tribute to the legend with a collection of rare images from his life and career
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