The king of ghazals is back in town. And this time, the enjoyment will be felt even by some kids who never thought they'd go to school.
The Hyderabad Area Round Table 134, together with Banyan Tree Retreat, is organising a ghazal nite by Jagjit Singh on 2nd June, at the Shilpakala Vedika. Jagjit Singh is one of the topmost ghazal singers, born in Ganganagar, Rajasthan. Although his late father wanted him to become a bureaucrat by joining the Indian Administrative Service, he chose the world of music. He learnt music under Pandit Chaganlal Sharma for 2 years in Ganganagar, and later devoted 6 years to learning the Khayal, Thumri and Dhrupad forms of Indian classical music from Ustad Jamaal Khan of the Sainia gharana.
He arrived in Mumbai in 1965 in search of better opportunities as a career musician and singer. His early struggle in the music industry, though not too harsh by his own account, still had its share of trials and tribulations. He lived as a paying guest, and his earlier assignments were singing advertisement jingles or performing at weddings and parties.
He has many music albums to his credit, many of which topped both the ghazal and the general music charts. He has done mostly solo albums, but his numbers with Chitra Singh (his wife) and Lata Mangeshkar are some of the memorable ones. His songs Sarakti Jaye Hai Rukh Se Naqab Aahista Aahista, Aah Ko Chahiye, Baat Nicklegi To Door Talak Jayegi and Woh Kagaz Ki Kashti are some of his best. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2003.
The Hyderabad Area Round Table 134 (HRT134) is a community-service organization focused in programs of improvement in the educational infrastructure of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. Over the years, the organisation has also obtained exemplary fund-raising skills, a necessity to keep up the pace of its community service activities.
The proceeds through this event will be utilised towards building a school for the under-privileged at Goshacut, Mallepally. The entry to the ghazal nite is by donor passes of Rs. 5,000, Rs. 2,500, Rs. 1,250 and Rs. 500 per head. Please contact 6599-9656/6598-5735 for further details.