Jagjit Singh celebrates his 70th birthday with Sydneysiders

Prominent Indian ghazal singer, composer, music director, activist and entrepreneur Jagjit singh comes to Sydney for a live concert at Sydney Town Hall on April 16 at 7pm. Known popularly as “The Ghazal King” Jagjit gained acclaim together with his wife, another renowned Indian ghazal singer Chitra Singh, in 1970’s and 80’s, as the first ever successful duo (husband-wife) act in the history of recorded Indian music. Together, they are considered to be the pioneers of modern ghazal singing and regarded as most successful recording artistes outside the realm of Indian film music. Jagjit has sung in Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Gujarati, Sindhi and Nepali languages. He was awarded India’s third highest civilian honour, the Padma Bhushan in 2003.

Widely credited for the revival and popularity of ghazal, an Indian classical art form, through his music in landmark films such as Prem Geet (1981), Arth and Saath Saath (1982), and TV serials Mirza Ghalib (1988) and Kahkashan (1991), Jagjit Singh is considered to be the most successful ghazal singer and composer of all time, in terms of both critical acclaim and commercial success. With a career spanning over five decades and a repertoire comprising 80 albums the range and breadth of his work has been regarded as genre-defining. He is the only composer and singer to have composed and recorded songs written by ex prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, also a critically acclaimed poet – in two albums, Nayi Disha (1999) and Samvedna (2002). India’s current prime minister Manmohan Singh and  his wife Gursharan Kaur are known to be his avid admirers.

Now Sydneysiders can spend a night  celebrating his 70th year and charting fifty years of great musical journey by the legend. Tickets available at: www.ticketdirect.com.au or phone 1300 798 550

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