Press Trust of India
October 10, 2011 18:09 IST
Ghazal King Jagjit Singh's death was widely mourned in Pakistan with the media carrying the story as the banner on their websites, a sign of how popular the Indian singer was here.
State-run news agency Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) said Singh's "silky" voice ruled during early 80's in films like Prem Geet, Saath Saath and Arth.
"However, his major work is spread over more than 60 filmy and non filmy albums," it said. Incidentally, Singh was admitted just hours before he was to perform with Pakistani ghazal maestro, Ghulam Ali, in Mumbai on September 23.
From the influential Dawn to The Express Tribune and the The News dailies, Singh's death was the lead story on their websites.
APP said Singh was the first Indian music director to use the technique of multi-track recording for his album Beyond Time.
The 70-year-old singer, who rediscovered the ghazal genre for common Indian in 70s and 80s, was admitted to the Lilavati hospital. He underwent surgery but did not recover and was kept on life support.
Credited with freeing ghazal from the shackles of complexity, Singh brought a simplicity and lyrical quality to the genre, which was uniquely his own and instantly acclaimed
by music lovers.