Legendary Ghazal Maestro Pankaj Udhas Dies at 72

Renowned Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas has passed away due to a prolonged illness, as confirmed by his daughter Nayaab Udhas in a social media post.

Pankaj Udhas
Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas passes away.

Iconic Ghazal maestro Pankaj Udhas, recognized for his soul-stirring melodies, has bid farewell to the world after battling a prolonged illness. His daughter, Nayaab Udhas, conveyed the heart-wrenching news through a social media post, revealing that the revered singer took his last breath at a Mumbai hospital around 11 am. The poignant farewell ceremony is scheduled to take place on Tuesday.

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The Udhas family shared a poignant missive with a heavy heart, formally announcing the demise of Padma Shri Pankaj Udhas on February 26, attributing it to the challenges posed by a lingering illness. This somber announcement has sent shockwaves through the music industry, triggering an outpouring of grief and condolences from fellow musicians and fans alike, as expressed through various social media platforms.

Pankaj Udhas, born into a musically enriched family in Gujarat, embarked on his musical journey at a young age, enrolling at the Rajkot Sangeet Academy alongside his brothers. His quest for excellence led him to receive tutelage in Hindustani vocal classical music from the esteemed Ghulam Qadir Khan Sahab. Subsequently, he ventured to Mumbai, honing his craft under the guidance of the renowned Gwalior Gharana singer Navrang Nagpurkar.

Udhas’s musical prowess was unveiled on stage with a rendition of “Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo” during the India-China war, a performance that garnered him a reward of ₹51 from an impressed audience member. His debut in the film industry came with the 1972 film “Kaamna,” directed by K Chatterjee.

Throughout his illustrious career, Pankaj Udhas released more than fifty albums and contributed his mellifluous voice to numerous Hindi films, leaving an indelible mark with memorable tracks in movies like Naam, Saajan, and Mohra.

While maintaining a vibrant presence at various ghazal events, his last recorded song as a playback singer graced the soundtrack of the 2016 film “Dil Toh Deewana Hai.”

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The departure of this musical luminary marks the end of an era, leaving behind a legacy that resonates through the timeless beauty of his ghazals and playback contributions.

The music fraternity and fans around the world mourn the loss of a true maestro, remembering Pankaj Udhas for his profound impact on the world of music.

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