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Renowned Ghazal Singer Pankaj Udhas Passes Away at 72

Renowned Ghazal Singer Pankaj Udhas Passes Away at 72

Pankaj Udhas, the legendary Indian ghazal singer known for his mellifluous voice and soul-stirring renditions, passed away in Mumbai at the age of 72 after battling a prolonged illness. His daughter, Nayaab, announced his demise through an Instagram post, expressing deep sorrow over the loss.

Udhas, a Padma Shri awardee, left an indelible mark on the world of music with iconic ghazal albums like “Aahat,” “Mukarar,” “Tarrannum,” and “Mehfil.” His breakthrough in Bollywood came with the hit song “Chitthi Aayee Hai” from the film “Naam” (1986), propelling him to nationwide fame.

Born in Gujarat, Udhas received tabla training from the Sangeet Natak Akademi in Rajkot. Despite an initial setback in his film debut in the early 1970s, Udhas persevered and eventually rose to prominence as a singer, captivating audiences with his soulful melodies.

His contributions to the music industry were recognized with the prestigious Padma Shri award in 2006, reflecting his enduring legacy and profound impact on Indian music.

The news of Udhas’ passing elicited heartfelt condolences from dignitaries and fellow artists. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned the loss, acknowledging Udhas’ ability to evoke a range of emotions through his music. Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur lauded Udhas’ illustrious career and offered condolences to his family and admirers.

The void left by Udhas’ departure is felt deeply in the music world, with fellow artists like Anup Jalota expressing shock and extending condolences to his family and loved ones. Udhas’ legacy as a musical maestro and cultural icon will continue to resonate for generations to come.

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