– Over 20 musicians pay tribute to the Ghazal Maestro –
· Indian music fraternity join hands to dedicate a magical evening in remembrance of the legendary Jagjit Singh!
· Chitra Singh launches “Jagjit Singh – The Master and His Magic” an album of his unreleased songs
Mumbai, February 8, 2012: The biggest names in the Indian music and film fraternity came together today to commemorate the extraordinary musical legacy of the Jagjit Singh on his 71st birth anniversary. The tribute concert was organized by the Global Indian Music Academy (GIMA) in partnership with COLORS and Wizcraft International Entertainment. Held at InterContinental – The Lalit, the musical evening titled “Jagjit Singh – Yaadon ka Safar” saw the maestro’s family, friends, colleagues and well wishers walk down memory lane as they paid homage to his music, style and grace.
Jagjit Singh’s wife Chitra Singh attended the tribute concert along with her family. His grandson, Armaan and Chitraji launched an album of a collection of 12 unreleased songs titled “Jagjit Singh – The Master and His Magic” before the intimate gathering.
An artist of many dimensions – singer, writer, composer, music director, activist and a philanthropist, Jagjit Singh stirred the souls of millions of fans across the nation solidifying him a place in the history of Indian music. Known as one of the greatest voices of the 20th century, he gave the world nearly 46 years of musical performances. The evening saw over 20 artistes pay tribute to the legend rendering his greatest hits, having sung his soulful music and stirring lyrics. His long time friend Ghulam Ali made a beautiful tribute as he performed on Chupke Chupke among others; he also spoke about their friendship and journey together as artists.
Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi shared heartfelt and fond memories of the ‘Ghazal King’. Audiences embarked on a fascinating and moving journey through the life of this incomparable artist, his music and cultural history.
Social Activist and Padma Bushan awardee, Shabana Azmi, in a very soulful and sombre mood, said “It’s very strange the way in which Jagjit Singh left us. Three days before he was hospitalized, he was having a long chat with Javedji and they were planning a world tour together. And here we are today.” She added, “I’m very fortunate that three of his most famous and popular songs were picturized on me in Mahesh Bhatt’s Arth. The manner in which he so beautifully strung the lyrics with the pain that he was trying to convey left me with very little to do.”
The evening was hosted by Dia Mirza and saw a great line up of performances like Ustad Rashid Khan who sang Yaad Piya Ki Aaye. Kavita Krishnamurthy & Dr. L Subramaniam performed a beautiful duet on Meri Tasveer Mein Rang Aur Kisi Ka Toh Nahin. Sonu Nigaam captivated the audiences with some of his famous hits like Hey Ram and Hoshwalon Ko Khabar. Shaan sang Koi Ye Kaise Bata De Ki Wo Tanha Kyun Hai and Jhuki Jhuki Si Nazar. Other performers were Anup Jalota, Bhupinder & Mitali Singh, Talat Aziz, Suresh Wadkar, Hariharan, Shafqat Amanat Ali, Kunal Ganjawala, Richa Sharma, Hans Raj Hans, Ghansham Vaswani and Papon who were inspired by his music and notably helped form their careers.
Mr. Sabbas Joseph, Director – Wizcraft International Entertainment Ltd. said “In addition to being a legendary artist, Jagjitji was a wonderful man. I’m so glad we’re finally able to pay tribute to him on the occasion of his 71st birth anniversary. He has been an inspiration to millions around the world and will continue to be one for years to come. We are blessed beyond words to have the biggest names in Indian music be able to revisit some of his most popular songs.”
About-Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd:
Wizcraft International Entertainment, India’s leading Event and Entertainment Company is dedicated to showcasing its expertise on the world stage. The Global Indian Music Academy (GIMA) and The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) are some of its initiatives. Having begun its operations in 1988, Wizcraft has conceptualized and produced events staged in Mauritius, UK, New York, Dubai, Singapore, Malaysia, Netherlands, South Africa, Iraq, Australia and Sri Lanka among others. Wizcraft’s clientele comprise leading global corporates, governments of various countries, leading international entertainment and sports associations and celebrities. The company is focused on providing Global Event Management Solutions at the doorstep of its global clientele.
The Global Indian Music Academy Awards (GIMA) is a unique initiative in Indian music with a vision to honour artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in Indian music. Launched in 2010, the Global Indian Music Academy Awards is a flagship initiative under the aegis of the Academy which strives in bringing the music fraternity on a unified platform to promote Indian music and musicians. This initiative focuses on positively impacting the lives of musicians, industry members and the society at large. GIMA Awards is the only property that provides a unique platform that honours talent across various genres in Indian music, giving them the same importance and recognition. An initiative of Wizcraft International, the Chevrolet GIMA powered by Micromax, is supported by IMI, T-Series, MCAI, SAI and other key constituents of the music industry. For more information on the Global Indian Music Awards, please visit www.gima.co.in
‘COLORS’ is Viacom18’s flagship brand in the entertainment space in India. A combination of ‘emotions’ and ‘variety’, COLORS launched on 21st July 2008 offers an entire spectrum of emotions to its viewers. From Fiction shows to Format shows to Reality shows to Blockbuster movies – the basket contains all ‘Jasbaat Ke Rang’. ‘COLORS’ is dedicated to promoting ‘Cohesive viewing’, through programmes like Balika Vadhu- Kacchi Umar Ke Pakke Rishtey, Uttaran, Na Aana Is Des Laado, Parichay- Nayee Zindagi Kay Sapno Ka, Hawan, Veer Shivaji, Sasural Simar Ka, Na Bole Tum..Na Maine Kuch Kaha, Bigg Boss Season 5 amongst others. ‘COLORS’ is a pay channel and is available as a part of SUN18 Media Services in India.
About Viacom 18 Media Pvt. Ltd
Viacom 18 Media Pvt. Ltd. is a 50/50 joint venture operation in India between Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB, world’s leading entertainment content company, comprising brands like MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount Pictures etc) and the Network18 Group, (one of India’s leading full play media conglomerates with interests in television, internet, filmed entertainment, mobile content & allied businesses, comprising brands like CNBC TV18, CNBC Awaaz, Newswire18, moneycontrol.com, CNN-IBN, IBN 7, Homeshop18 and E18 amongst others). The joint venture includes leading brands across television, film and digital media to build one of India’s leading multimedia entertainment powerhouse. Viacom 18 Media Pvt. Ltd. includes the vibrant youth brand – MTV, the fastest growing kids channel – Nick, India’s only International Music & Lifestyle channel – Vh1, Viacom18 Motion Pictures, a new-age motion picture brand that produces, acquires and distributes Hindi films, the Hindi General Entertainment channel – COLORS and the recently launched action, adventure & animation channel for the new young adults – SONIC. This apart, Viacom18 also runs Viacom’s consumer products business in India. Viacom18 brings together the unique strengths of two formidable partners, thus forming an entertainment conglomerate that will have a competitive advantage in serving the needs of both viewers and advertisers. For more information on Viacom18, Viacom or Network18, log on to