Legendary Ghazal Singer Pankaj Udhas Passes Away

Legendary Ghazal Singer Pankaj Udhas Passes Away: Pankaj Udhas, a renowned ghazal singer who captivated audiences for over four decades, passed away on Monday, February 26, 2024, at the age of 73. The news of his demise was confirmed by his family, who stated that he had been battling a prolonged illness.

Udhas was born in Jetpur, Gujarat, India, in 1951, and his musical journey began at a young age. His brother, Manhar Udhas, was already a successful playback singer, and this paved the way for Pankaj’s own foray into the world of music.

Udhas’s early career saw him singing for Hindi films and even venturing into Indian pop. However, his true calling lay in ghazals, a form of Urdu poetry set to music. In 1980, he released his first ghazal album, “Aahat,” marking the beginning of a prolific career that would see him release over 60 solo albums and numerous collaborative projects.

Legendary Ghazal Singer Pankaj Udhas Passes Away

Udhas’s melodious voice and nuanced understanding of ghazal poetry resonated deeply with listeners. He became a pioneer in bringing ghazals to the mainstream, making them accessible to a wider audience. Songs like “Chitthi Aai Hai” from the film “Naam” (1986) and “Aa Gale Lag Ja” established him as a household name, solidifying his position as one of India’s leading ghazal singers.

Udhas’s dedication to his craft was recognized with numerous prestigious awards, including the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Ghazal Singing, and the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honor.

Beyond his musical prowess, Udhas was known for his humble and down-to-earth personality. His voice will forever be cherished by ghazal lovers everywhere.

The news of Udhas’s passing has been met with an outpouring of grief from fans and fellow musicians alike. Tributes have poured in on social media, with many remembering his exceptional talent and his contributions to the world of ghazals.

Udhas’s family has announced that his last rites will be held on Tuesday, February 27. He is survived by his wife, Farida Udhas, his daughters, Nayaab and Reva Udhas, and his brothers, Nirmal and Manhar Udhas.