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Renowned ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas passes away at 72

Darpan News Desk IANS, 26 Feb, 2024 05:35 PM
  • Renowned ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas passes away at 72

Mumbai, Feb 26 (IANS) Acclaimed playback singer and ghazal maestro Pankaj Udhas (72) passed away here after a prolonged illness, a close associate said on Monday.

Udhas was suffering from cancer, and was undergoing treatment at a private hospital for some time now.

The Gujarat-born singer was awarded the Padma Shri in 2006, and is known for rendering many hit songs in Bollywood in Hindi and other languages.

Leading playback singer Sonu Nigam expressed his grief at the passing of ghazal maestro Pankaj Udhas, describing him as "an important part" of his childhood.

Nigam took to his social media and offered his condolences to the bereaved family. Lamenting the loss of such an important part of his childhood, the singer wrote, "Shri Pankaj Udhas ji, I will miss you forever. My heart cries knowing that you are no more. Thank you for being there. Om Shanti"

The ghazal maestro, known for his enchanting voice and soulful renditions, leaves behind a legacy that will continue to resonate with music lovers for generations to come.

Born into a family of musicians, Pankaj Udhas started his musical journey at a young age and soon became a prominent figure in the world of ghazals and playback singing.

His career took off with the release of his debut album 'Aahat' in 1980, which was followed by a succession of albums that caught the imagination of an entire generation, including 'Mukarar', 'Tarrannum', 'Mehfil', 'Nayaab' and 'Aafreen'.

One of Udhas's iconic songs was 'Chitthi Aayee Hai' from the 1986 Kumar Gaurav film 'Naam', which became an instant hit and further solidified his position as a leading playback singer in Bollywood.

Apart from his success in playback singing, Pankaj Udhas was also renowned for his live performances and albums, which showcased his mastery over the ghazal genre. His ability to evoke emotions through his music earned him a dedicated fan following and critical acclaim.

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