Mehfil E Sartaaj – Tribute to Jagjeet Singh
The Ghazal is a Poetic form consisting of rhyming Couplets and a refrain, with each line sharing the same meter. A ghazal may be understood as a poetic expression of both the pain of loss or separation and the beauty of love in spite of that pain. The form is ancient, originating in Arabic poetry in Arabia long before the birth of Islam. In style and content it is a genre that has proved capable of an extraordinary variety of expression around its central themes of love and separation.Although the ghazal is most prominently a form of Dari poetry and Urdu Poetry , today it is found in the poetry of many languages of the Indian sub-continent.
Jagjit Singh, born Jagmohan Singh (8 February 1941 – 10 October 2011), was a prominent Indian Ghazal singer, composer and musician. Known as the “Ghazal King”, he gained acclaim together with his wife, another renowned Indian ghazal singer Chitra Singh in the 1970s and 1980s. Their combination album comprising music from the films, Arth and Saath Saath is the HMV ‘s largest selling combination album of all time.[Citation needed ] Sajda (An Offering, 1991), Jagjit Singh’s magnum opus double album with Lata Mangeshkar holds the same record in non-film category. He sang in numerous languages. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the government of India in 2003. In February 2014, Government of India released a postal stamp in his honour.
Singh is credited for the revival and popularity of ghazal, an Indian classical art form, by choosing poetry that was relevant to the masses and composing them in a way that laid more emphasis on the meaning of words and melody evoked by them. In terms of Indian Classical music, his style of composing and Gayaki (singing) is considered as Bol-pradhan, one that lays emphasis on words. He highlighted this in his music for 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 critical acclaim and commercial success. With a career spanning five decades and a repertoire comprising over 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 former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee — also a poet — in two albums, Nayi Disha (1999) and Samvedna (2002).
Singh’s 1987 album, Beyond Time, was the first digitally recorded release in India.He was regarded as one of India’s most influential artists. With sitar legend Ravi Shankar and other leading figures of Indian Classical music and Literature, Singh voiced his concerns over politicisation of arts and culture in India and lack of support experienced by the practitioners of India’s traditional art forms, particularly folk artists and musicians. He lent active support to several philanthropic endeavors such as the library at St. Mary’s School, Mumbai, Bombay Hospital, CRY, Save the Children and ALMA.
Mehfil-E-Sartaaj the event that stole hearts of many, was organised on 10th October 2015 on the occasion of death anniversary of Mr. Jagjit Singh. This was an event organised by AUM Event & Promotions India Pvt. Ltd. in association with online partner Show in my city ,weeding planner Mangal Phera, Jain Social Group and radio partner MY FM 94.3. This mega event took place at Manoroma Party Plot. There had been lot of working hands behind this event to make it successful. May it be Marketing team, IT team, Production team, HR team, etc.
Renouned singer Mr. Atul Brahmbhatt gave tribute to Late Mr. Jagjit Singh. Atmosphere created by him was so good that it made all of us remind of the era of Ghazal. The team was performing so well that crowd didn’t even moved for a second from their place, not even for the dinner. Everything was just up to the mark, decor, venue, food and specially management. Also we would like share some the memories from the event. We would like to thanks all the guests who made this event so special, also the whole team who worked hard to make this event happen, singers and his team who created that era, and last but not the least Mr. Prakash Kundalia and Mr. Bharat Kundalia for giving such a beautiful idea of organising an Ghazal event in this era of modern music.