To make a list of just 7 memorable duets of Jagjit Singh and Chitra Singh is like collecting a handful of stars from the mighty Milky Way. Ghazals from this invincible pair have touched the souls of millions of lesser mortals. The void that has been created after Jagjit Singh’s demise can never be filled by any other singer.
We are lucky to have been born in the same era as his, to be witness to this Gods favorite child. Here is a list of some of the most magical duets sung by the pair.
7. Duniya Jise Kehte Hain
This ghazal written by Jagjitji’s favourite lyrcist Nida Fazli can transform anybody to a different zone, where you need nobody and can just reminiscence in your own thoughts. Mil jaaye to mitti hain, kho jaaye to Sona hain, is so relevant in today’s time, where we have set such high targets for us that have made our lives a cat race. The most unique trait of his singing was the selection of lyrics, that were always soul rendering.
6. Tum Ko Dekha To Yeh Khayal Aaya
You will not find a Jagjit fan who has not heard this ghazal. A favorite amongst those who have been unlucky in love, it has the ideal lyrics to set nostalgia in any setting. The ghazal was also featured in the movie Saath Saath, featuring Deepti Naval and Farooq Sheikh. Jagjitji was instrumental in making ghazal listening easy for the common masses, who earlier assumed that it was a thing for the super literates.
5. Babul Mora Naihar Chhooto Jaye
This ghazal is based on Raag Bhairavi and earlier versions have been sung by music stalwarts like Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and Kundan Lal Saigal. Jagjit and Chitra sang their version for the movie Avishkaar (1973), music by Kanu Roy. The soulful and heart wrenching voice of Chitra aptly conveyed the pain a daughter feels when she is leaving her father’s house after her wedding.
4. Koi Samjhega Kya Raaz-E-Gulshan
This beautiful renderation of their personal loss, of losing their young son, has touched a chord in the hearts of many. Part of the album “Someone Somewhere,” this was the last time that we heard Chitra Singh, perform for the masses. She chose to live with her grief after this. Each and every ghazal of the master, subtly hints at the realities of life, but masks it with his honey dripping voice.
3. Us Mod Se Shuru Karen Fir Ye Zindagi
This ghazal is in a lighter vein compared to others and spreads cheer and optimism every time one hears it. Lekar chale the hum jinhe jannat ke khwab the, inspires one to look forward to the future and not be stuck in the past. The music is upbeat and you do not get bored of listening to it ever.
2. Dil-E-Nadaan Tujhe Hua Kya Hai
Humko unse waha ki hain umeed, jo nahi jante wafa kya hain..Need I say more? This ghazal portrays the pain a lover feels when his love has met fallen fate. His hopes have been crushed and he tries to convince his broken heart to get over it. Like many other ghazals by Jagjit and Chitra, this one also sets the mood for a peaceful evening with close friends or loved ones.
1. Bahut Pehle Se Un Qadmon Ki
This ghazal was part of the album a Night in Bombay, by Jagjit Singh and Chitra Singh. To feel imperfect and incomplete without your loved one, or to love him like the essential essence of your existence was the main core of this special number. They have traveleld worldwide and given memorable live concerts, that have become part of priceless memories of many. His unique personality, charm and the ability to involve the audience, has made him immortal, amongst music lovers.