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Jagjit Singh as born on February 8, 1941 in Sri Ganganagar, Bikaner princely state, India, to Sardar Amar Singh Dhiman, a government official, and his wife, Sardarni Bachchan. He was one of seven children of his parents. He received his early education from the Khalsa High School and Sri Ganganagar Government College. Later he attended the DAV College at Jalandhar and graduated with arts degree. Then he obtained a post-graduate degree in history from Kurukshetra University in Haryana. With a natural flair for music which his father spotted in him, he was encouraged to learn music from renowned classical musicians such as ‘Pandit Chaganlal Sharma’ and ‘Ustad Jamaal Khan’ in the early years of his life.


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In 1965, he traveled to Mumbai to pursue a career as a musical artist in the entertainment industry. Initially, he worked as a jingle writer for advertisements and performed at wedding functions. Later, he started his career as a playback singer and persuaded the record company HMV to produce an ‘Extended Play (EP)’. He also acted in his first film in ‘Dharati Na Chhoru’, a Gujarati production by Suresh Amin. In 1976, he released his first successful LP titled ‘The Unforgettable’, along with his wife, Chitra. The album was an instant hit. Subsequently, the singing duo recorded albums such as ‘Biraha Da Sultan’ (1978) and ‘Come Alive in a Concert’ (1979). In later years, the couple released many more successful albums including ‘Ecstasies’ (1984), ‘A Sound Affair’ (1985) and ‘Passions’ (1987). His later solo albums include ‘Hope’ (1991), ‘In Search’ (1992), ‘Visions’ (1992), ‘Mirage’ (1995) and ‘Love Is Blind’ (1998) which received considerable success. Besides ghazals, he also sang devotional songs in albums such as ‘Man Jeetey Jagjit’ (1990), ‘Maa’ (1993), ‘Hare Ram Hare Krishna’ (1999). He also sang many melodious Bollywood film songs such as ‘Hontho se chhoo lo tum’, ‘Jhuki Jhuki Si Nazar’, ‘Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahe Ho’, ‘Tum Ko Dekha To Yeh KhayalAaya’, ‘Din Aa Gaye Shabab Ke’, ‘Hosh Walon Ko’, ‘Kiska Chehra ab mai dekhun’, ‘Badi Nazuk Hai’ and many more. Some of his more recent albums include ‘Aaeena’ (2000), ‘Soz’ (2001), ‘Forever’ (2002), ‘Chahat’ (2004), ‘Moksha’ (2005), ‘Awaaz’ (2007), ‘Jazbaat’ (2008) and ‘Inteha’ (2009).


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Personal Life

In 1967 he met Chitra Dutta, a married Bengali singer. Soon she divorced her first husband and married him in December 1969. They performed together in many critically as well as commercially successful albums. In 1990, Vivek died in a road accident at the age of 20. This came as a profound shock to Jagjit and Chitra Singh. They gave up music for a full year after the death. At the end of that period, Jagjit returned slowly to music, but Chitra announced her retirement and declared that she would not sing or record any more songs.


He died on October 10, 2011 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India due to cerebral hemorrhage after being in coma for two weeks. He was cremated at Chandanwadi Crematorium in Mumbai.



1998- The Sahitya Kala Academy Award by Rajasthan government.

1998- The Sahitya Academy Award, a literary honor in India for popularizing the work of Mirza Ghalib.

2003- The Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian honor by the government of India.

2006- The Teacher's Lifetime Achievement Award.

2012- The Rajasthan Ratna, the highest civilian award by the State Government of Rajasthan.


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