Jagjit Singh birthday: Hostelmates urged him to cease riyaz, he’d say ‘saalon, you may pay for this privilege sooner or later’

Wednesday marks the 82nd start anniversary of legendary ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh. He is credited to have popularised ghazals and having introduced it to the middle-class and has an enormous fan following. However, when he practiced throughout his faculty days, his hostelmates would ask him to cease, however he was assured of his expertise even then. (Also learn: 5 lesser-known information about Jagjit Singh)

Jagjit Singh cherished and worshipped music proper from his childhood and even in his faculty days, he was assured that his music will take him to nice heights. Hindi crime fiction author Surendra Mohan Pathak recalled how the singer would follow music within the early hours, disturbing different hostelmates once they stayed collectively whereas learning in DAV College, Jalandhar.

In writer Sathya Saran’s biography Baat Niklegi Toh Phir: The Life and Music of Jagjit Singh, Surendra recollects that he was hostel mate and classmate of Jagjit once they pursued BSc in DAV College. He provides that college students with least marks got the final alternative when it got here to taking over rooms and one such final alternative was to reside in a room beside the one the place Jagjit Singh stayed. “This was because Jagjit Singh would practise his singing with a two-hour riyaz that started at five every morning”.

The guide additional quotes Surendra as saying, “The riyaz session would be repeated for two hours, starting at five every evening. Due to the unending “ruckus”, the boarders who lived adjoining Jagjit Singh’s room thought-about themselves a persecuted lot. ‘On other occasions too, he would catch hold of any fellow boarder in the corridor and sing a melodious film song for his benefit. Most often, the listener was anything but appreciative, and would shake him off, adding, ‘Yaar, tu ne toh pass hona nahin, humein to padhne de (Friend, you won’t clear the papers, but let us study).’ To this, Jagjit Singh would retaliate angrily, ‘Saalon, you will not listen to me now, but there will come a day when you’ll pay for this privilege.’”

In the guide, Surendra additionally recollects that Jagjit Singh would sing the identical music every year throughout Lohri celebrations, “at the audience’s insistence, and there never was a dry eye left. Many students would openly sob and the spell would not be broken even when the song was over.” The music was ‘Ay taa jag diyaan lohriyaa, saadhi ka di lohri akkhaan’. Jagjit Singh is greatest identified for his ghazals, however his huge discography contains Punjabi hits to tappe, and bhajans.

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