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A Playlist of the Best ‘Ghazal King’ Gems

On this day in 1941, a man who earned the title “King of the Ghazals” was born. Jagjit Singh produced classic compositions that have settled in the hearts of millions and are still relevant today. Born in Rajasthan, Jagjit Singh composed some of the best ghazals the world has ever heard. The ghazals he produced garnered immense appreciation and critical and commercial acclaim.

Here are the top five ghazals produced by the Ghazal King:

Hothon Se Chhulo Tum

The song was a commercial success and was produced by Jagjit Singh for the 1981 film Prem Geet starring Anita Raj and Raj Babbar. The song is one of the most popular ghazals and is part of almost every ghazal gathering without fail.

Jhuki Jhuki Si Nazar

A year later, after the legendary ghazal artists produced “Hothon Se Chhulo Tum”, her fans and the public were amazed by another of her creations. The song was a collaborative creation of Jagjit Singh and his partner in life, Chitra Singh.

Hoshwalon Ko Khabar Kya

Created in 1999 for the movie Sarfarosh starring Naseeruddin Shah, Sonali Bendre and Amir Khan, the song often features Jagjit Singh. However, the song also had allusions to the contributions of another maestro of ghazal music, Ghulam Ali.

Woh Kagaz Ki Kashti

Another track which contained the confluence of the melodious couple, Jagjit Singh and Chitra Singh. Woh Kagaz Ki Kashti featured in the 1987 film Aaj starring Raj Babbar. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tB0hmrY_s0U

Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahe Ho

Another gem of a song from the same 1982 film is the track “Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahe Ho”. Created by Kaifi Azmi, Jagjit Singh did justice by voicing the beautiful lyrics in a ghazal song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ju6kNKaBOQ8

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