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When Jagjit Singh requested for Chitra’s hand from her estranged husband: ‘I wish to marry your spouse’


Ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh is remembered for his melancholic, soulful voice and his distinctive expertise within the music subject. He was married to Chitra Singh, and collectively the musical lovebirds regaled many packed auditoriums on the peak of their respective careers. Nonetheless, a private setback within the type of couple’s teenaged son’s demise introduced their musical journey to a halt. Whereas Chitra gave up singing altogether, Jagjit Singh returned to the sector after a substantial hole. he handed away in 2011.

A number of years in the past, Chitra had spoken about how she met Jagjit and of their union to Filmfare. Recounting their first assembly in 1967, Chitra stated, “I met him at a recording for a music director who wished to compile a group with numerous singers. My first reminiscence of Jagjitji was him resting his hand on the door as I opened it.” Chitra added that in the first place, she was not eager to sing with Singh as she thought his voice was ‘too heavy.’

“I instructed the music director that his voice was too heavy and that I wouldn’t be capable to sing the duet with him,” added Chitra.

The couple met at a time when Chitra had already been estranged from her then husband Debo Prasad Dutta. She had a daughter with Dutta known as Monica, and was dwelling individually on the time. When a besotted Jagjit Singh proposed marriage to Chitra, she declined and defined her scenario. Jagjit Singh then took it upon himself to take up the proposal to her separated companion Dutta, looking forward to approval. In accordance with an India At the moment report, Jagjit Singh had apparently requested for Chitra’s hand in marriage with a easy however uncommon line — “I wish to marry your spouse.” The remainder, as they are saying, is historical past.

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Jagjit Singh and Chitra Singh shared a robust relationship, which was sure by love and mutual belief. Chitra revealed that like many companions, they too had nicknames for one another. However their names for one another have been as distinctive as they arrive. Chitra said, “He known as me Mummy, I known as him Papa. When Baboo (their late son Vivek) was alive, I’d say, ‘Jaao, Papa ko bulao’. That’s how I started calling him Papa.”

Identified for singing ghazals like “Tumko Dekha Toh Ye Khayal Aaya,” “Hothon Se Choolo,” “Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahe Ho,” “Jhuki Jhuki Si Nazar” amongst many others, the Ghazal sensation is primarily remembered for making that style of music relatable and fashionable.

Jagjit Singh was awarded the Padma Bhushan for his contribution to arts in 2003. He handed away in 2011 after struggling a mind hemorrhage.

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