Veteran Ghazal Singer Pankaj Udhas Passes Away at 72 After Prolonged Illness

Veteran Ghazal Singer Pankaj Udhas Passes Away at 72: Renowned Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas, aged 72, peacefully passed away on February 26 following a long illness, as confirmed by his family. In an official statement, the family expressed their profound sorrow, stating, “With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Padmashri Pankaj Udhas on February 26 due to an extended illness.”

The veteran singer breathed his last at 11 AM at Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai. Reports indicate that he had been battling cancer for several months and had been keeping a low profile.

The final rites for Pankaj Udhas are scheduled to take place on Tuesday, February 27.

Adding to the solemn news, Pankaj Udhas’ daughter, Nayaab, also shared the news of her father’s passing on social media platforms.

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About Pankaj Udhas the Ghazal Maestro

Pankaj Udhas, renowned for his soul-stirring ghazals, has enchanted audiences for more than four decades. He was born on May 17, 1951, in Jetpur, Gujarat, India, inheriting a rich musical legacy from his family. His elder brother, Manhar Udhas, had already established himself as a successful playback singer in Bollywood, inspiring Pankaj to pursue a musical career.

Pankaj Udhas Passes away at 72

Initially involved in singing for Hindi films and exploring Indian pop, Udhas found his true passion in ghazals, a form of Urdu poetry set to music. His debut ghazal album, “Aahat,” released in 1980, marked the inception of a prolific journey, encompassing over 60 solo albums and numerous collaborative ventures.

Udhas’ mellifluous voice, combined with his deep understanding of ghazal poetry, struck a chord with audiences, transcending boundaries and bringing ghazals into the mainstream. Iconic songs like “Chitthi Aai Hai” from the movie “Naam” (1986) and “Aa Gale Lag Ja” propelled him to stardom, establishing him as a household name in India’s music scene.

His unwavering dedication to his artistry earned him prestigious accolades, including the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Ghazal Singing, and the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian honors.

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Beyond his musical prowess, Udhas was revered for his humility and grounded demeanor. His resonant voice continues to echo in the hearts of ghazal enthusiasts worldwide.

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