Legendary Ghazal Singer Pankaj Udhas Passes Away

The music world mourns the loss of a legend as veteran classical singer Pankaj Udhas passed away at 72 after battling a prolonged illness. His daughter Nayaab Udhas confirmed the tragic news through an official statement on February 26th, 2024.

Renowned for his soulful renditions and unparalleled talent in ghazal singing, Pankaj Udhas was born on May 17, 1951, in Gujarat. Throughout his illustrious career, he captivated audiences with his rich, melodious voice and passionate performances, earning him widespread acclaim and adoration.

Udhas rose to prominence in the 1980s and 1990s, becoming one of India’s most celebrated ghazal singers. His repertoire included timeless classics such as ‘Chitthi Aayi Hai’, ‘Aur Aahista Kijiye Baatein’, ‘Chandi Jaisa Rang Hai Tera’, and ‘Na Kajre Ki Dhar’, among others. With each performance, he effortlessly conveyed the depth of emotions embedded within each ghazal, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of listeners.

Over the years, Pankaj Udhas released numerous albums and collaborated with esteemed artists, solidifying his status as a musical icon. His contributions to the world of music were recognized with prestigious awards and accolades, including the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award, bestowed upon him in 2006 for his outstanding achievements in the field of art.

As news of his passing reverberates across the music industry and beyond, Pankaj Udhas leaves behind a legacy that will continue to inspire generations of music lovers. His timeless melodies and profound lyrics will forever echo in the hearts of those who were touched by his music, ensuring that his memory lives on eternally.