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Legendary Ghazal Maestro Pankaj Udhas Passes Away at 72

In a somber turn of events, the world of Indian music bids farewell to one of its most cherished gems, Pankaj Udhas, the revered ghazal maestro whose mellifluous voice resonated with millions across the globe. On February 26, 2024, at the age of 72, Udhas breathed his last after battling an extended illness, leaving behind a legacy that will forever echo in the annals of Bollywood and beyond.

Born on May 17, 1951, in Jetpur, Gujarat, Pankaj Udhas embarked on his musical journey with the launch of his seminal ghazal album titled “Aahat” in 1980. With an effortless blend of soul-stirring melodies and poignant lyrics, Udhas swiftly ascended to the zenith of ghazal music, captivating the hearts of audiences far and wide.

Nayaab on Pankaj Udhas’ last rites

It read, “In loving memory of Padmashri Pankaj Udhas. With a very heavy heart, we are saddened to inform you of his demise on the 26 of February 2024 due to a prolonged illness. The funeral will take place on Tuesday, February 27, from 3 to 5 pm. Venue: Hindu Crematorium. Worli (Mumbai) Landmark Opp. Four Seasons: Dr E Muses Rd. Worli. The Udhas Family.”

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Throughout his illustrious career, Udhas regaled listeners with timeless classics such as “Chitthi Ayee Hai,” “Aur Ahista Kijiye Baatein,” “Chandani Raat Mein,” and “Na Kajre Ki Dhaar,” among countless others. His enchanting renditions not only adorned the silver screen in Bollywood blockbusters like “Naam,” “Saajan,” and “Mohra” but also became anthems of love and longing for generations of music aficionados.

Beyond the realms of cinema, Pankaj Udhas etched his name in the annals of Indian music history with numerous solo albums and electrifying live performances that captivated audiences with their ethereal charm. His unwavering dedication and unparalleled talent earned him accolades aplenty, including India’s fourth-highest civilian honor, the Padma Shri, a testament to his invaluable contributions to the cultural tapestry of the nation.

The news of Udhas’ demise sent shockwaves through the music fraternity, with heartfelt tributes pouring in from fellow artists and admirers alike. Renowned playback singer Sonu Nigam took to Instagram to express his profound grief, reminiscing about the indelible impact Udhas had on his formative years and bidding farewell to a cherished childhood idol.

Singer Anup Jalota, a close friend and collaborator of the late maestro, mourned the loss of a musical virtuoso who revolutionized the ghazal genre, transcending boundaries and touching the hearts of millions with his soul-stirring melodies.

As the curtains fall on the illustrious journey of Pankaj Udhas, his legacy continues to resonate through the timeless melodies that have woven themselves into the fabric of Indian music. Though he may have left this mortal realm, his immortal music ensures that his spirit lives on, a beacon of inspiration for generations to come.

In loving memory of Padmashri Pankaj Udhas, may his soul rest in eternal peace.

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