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Ghazal king

Gift of Ghazal King in Spectrum (October, 16) was touching. I’ll always remember the heavenly voice of Jagjit Singh doing perfect justice to the philosophical “Aadmi Aadmi ko Kya Dega”, the lively “Jhoom Ke Jab Rindon Ne Piladi”, the tragic “Thumri - Babul Mora”, and the eternal favorites - “Yeh Daulat Bhi Le Lo”, “Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahe Ho”, “Hothon Se Choo Lo Tum”, and “Tum ko Dekha to Yeh Khayal Aaya”. “Shola Hoon Bhadakne Ki”, “Maana ke Musht-e-khaak Se”, “Koi Paas Aaya Savere Savere” and “Shayad”, all from live concerts, the prayer-like “Garaj Baras Pyasi Dharti Par”, “Uski Hasrat Hai Jise Dil Se”, “Samne Hai Jo Use”, “Koi Dost Hai Na Raqeeb Hai”, “Sar Jhukaoge to Pathar” and “Kabhi Yoon Bhi Aaa” are not as well-known as some of his eternal favorites, but I don’t believe any other singer could have brought these ghazals to life as well as he has done. As an ardent fan of the maestro, I only want to say, “Tum Gaye, Ghazal Gayi”

— Ravi Chander Garg, Ludhiana


Jagjit Singh (Gift of Gazal King and “Soil to Soul” by S.D. Sharma, October 16), is credited with the revival and popularity of of gazal and he did it by changing its complexity into a simpler form through the amalgamation of Gazal with Geet and making it lucid and luminous, casting a spell on the listeners. 

He has inspired many gazal singers and promoted several new voices. His gazals will always remain fresh for ages to come.

— Dr. S. K. Aggarwal, Dean, College of Engineering and Technology Amritsar 


Awarded a well deserved Padma Bhushan in 2006, the “Ghazal Samrat”, Jagjit Singh (Soil to Soul by S.D. Sharma,Spectrum, October 16) was India’s greatest ghazal exponent of this generation. He was not only a singer but a composer and philanthropist also. He took ghazal singing to a different level altogether. His death is a huge loss to the world of music and ghazals. Jagjit Singh became a soother of frayed nerves, a rebuilder of broken homes and provided solace to people agitated by the vicissitudes of life. The soothing voice is unlikely to be silenced though and will remain alive forever in millions of hearts.

— Anju D.Anand Chambaghat (Solan)

Heritage lost

Qila Mubarak (A fort in danger October 15, Saturday Extra) of the famed Patiala dynasty was known for its grandeur. It is sad to be informed that it is on the verge of destruction even as media reports claimed that the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world, will also collapse in the next five years.

Indian monuments seem to be losing their charm with the passage of time. It should be the duty of the government and the Civil Society to preserve our heritage so that the future generations learn from the past and feel proud at being inheritors of such a rich heritage.

— Navdeep Kaur Basra Ludhiana

Pay back time

We have all enjoyed reading the column of Khushwant Singh and while wishing him good health and a speedy recovery, may I suggest that those of us who during our lifetime have had  brief encounters with the author – even if they be one or just a few, to write in so that the same column space is filled up by our contributions. It will be pay back time and , hopefully, Khushwant Singh will enjoy reading about himself. This would enable us to share with him what we have experienced, cherished, enjoyed and treasured all these years.

— SS Ahluwalia

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