Renowned ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas passes away at 72

Mumbai, Feb 26 (IANS): Acclaimed playback singer and ghazal maestro Pankaj Udhas (72) passed away here after a prolonged illness, a close associate said on Monday.

Udhas was suffering from cancer, and was undergoing treatment at a private hospital for some time now.

The Gujarat-born singer was awarded the Padma Shri in 2006, and is known for rendering many hit songs in Bollywood in Hindi and other languages.

A Padma Shri awardee, Pankaj Udhas passed away on Monday, February 26, at the age of 72. The ghazal maestro, known for his enchanting voice and soulful renditions, leaves behind a legacy that will continue to resonate with music lovers for generations to come.

Born into a family of musicians, Pankaj Udhas started his musical journey at a young age and soon became a prominent figure in the world of ghazals and playback singing.

His career took off with the release of his debut album 'Aahat' in 1980, which was followed by a succession of albums that caught the imagination of an entire generation, including 'Mukarar', 'Tarrannum', 'Mehfil', 'Nayaab' and 'Aafreen'.

One of Udhas's iconic songs was 'Chitthi Aayee Hai' from the 1986 Kumar Gaurav film 'Naam', which became an instant hit and further solidified his position as a leading playback singer in Bollywood.

Apart from his success in playback singing, Pankaj Udhas was also renowned for his live performances and albums, which showcased his mastery over the ghazal genre. His ability to evoke emotions through his music earned him a dedicated fan following and critical acclaim.




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  • Bharath, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 27 2024

    Yet another prominent and singer we have lost. His voice and rendition's are matchless. Wonderful songs were delivered by him both in terms of bollywood and ghazals. His ghazals were too much of heart touching and every words were mesmerizing. May his soul rest in peace and we shall surely miss the great singer.

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  • Wilfred J Lewis, Matpady-Brahmavar/ New York, USA

    Tue, Feb 27 2024

    Thanks for thrilling Millions of your fans. CHANDI Jaisa JEEVAN hai Aapka, SONA jaisa AWAAZ...

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  • Prem, moodbidri

    Tue, Feb 27 2024

    When there were no mobiles phones, internet, social media and Communitions with loved ones living abroad was done mostly through postal mails(letters), Pankaji's song "Chitti aayi hai, watan se... bade dinon ke baad, mitti aayi hai", made people emotional. People living abroad were listening to this song in repeat mode and shedding tears, thinking of their motherland and family back home. RIP Panjak ji...

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  • JK, Udupi

    Mon, Feb 26 2024

    sabko malum hai mai sharabhi nahi phir bhi koi pilaye tho mai kya karoo..RIP Pankaj Udhas ji..

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    Mon, Feb 26 2024

    Thodi thodi piya karo🍾 RIP sir. 🌹

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  • D K Ashram, Kotiplake

    Mon, Feb 26 2024

    May his soul Rest In Peace, I too inspired by his singing and start training his Ghazals,He is my role model in Ghazal, I really miss him,RIP

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  • Abdul, Vidyanagar / Kasaragod.

    Mon, Feb 26 2024

    Chandi jaisa rang Hain Teri Sabko maaloom Hain main sharabi Ishq nachaye jisko yar Deewaron se milkar Rona Jiye to jiye kaise Salute, sir

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  • Alfred, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 26 2024

    Bahut Pyar Karte Hain Tumko Sanam...what a piece of music it was RIP. Nothing is permanent in life those who are born in the 90s will understand what I mean..

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  • Sainik, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 26 2024

    chitti aayi hai watan se chitti aai hai :( Pankaj Udhas show in the Film Saajan :(

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  • Richard Arun Dsa, Udupi

    Mon, Feb 26 2024

    I still remember his Gazal....Mazaa lena hai tho peeneka..... cum cum dheere dheere pee....,/ Thodi thodi piyaa karo...! Om shanthi, Om sadgathi Pankaj Udhaas.

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    Mon, Feb 26 2024

    Today, we bid farewell to a legend whose melodies touched our souls. Pankaj Udhas may have left this world, but his music will forever echo in our hearts, a timeless tribute to his enduring legacy. Rest in peace, maestro.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Mon, Feb 26 2024

    I enjoyed his Ghazals after a few ...

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  • Dr Kusuma Kumari Gunji MBBS DGO, Nellore/Kodyadka

    Mon, Feb 26 2024

    RIP He was a great Ghazal singer. We will miss his songs forever. He was an extraordinary singer

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 26 2024

    RIP sir, still your beautiful songs are in our ears and heart.

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