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Soaking in Jagjit Singh – Inteha tour 2009

May 3, 2009

Mera geet amar kar do…  probably the most understated request by the Ghazal king. The maestro’s songs are already immortal. Who doesn’t remember this, and who doesn’t want to turn back the clock?

A Living Legend - Jagjit Singh

A Living Legend - Jagjit Singh

Kabhi re’t ke oonche tilon pe jaana,
Gharonde banana, banaake mitaana,
Wo maasoom chaahat ki tasveer apni,
Wo khwabon khilono ki taabir jaageer apni,
Na duniya ka gham tha na rishton ke bandhan,
Badi khoobsoorat thi wo zindgaani.

It was, simply an incredible evening listening to a living legend live here in the Bay Area on his farewell tour. The first and only time I had seen him earlier, was 22 long Unforgettable years ago at IITK Culfest, not realizing then a legend in the making. Fast forward to now – the baritone was richer, the lyrics more captivating, the music more melodious. Adding to the ambience that you can get only from his live performance, were the violin, tabla, flute, guitars and an inimitable dhol. Great talent and even greater orchestration from these pros was just mesmerizing.

A great mix of old and new songs, all the way from Ahista Ahista, Kagaz Kee Kishti, to the heart rending Chitthi Na Sandesh, Tum Chale Gaye Kis Desh, to Yeh Daulat Bhi Le Lo, Yeh Shauhrat Bhi Le Lo to Kal Chaudhvin Ki Raat Thi, to the ones from the albums Ravayaat and Inteha. I now proudly posess both these albums and just can’t seem to get them out of my head! [To those who might not know, Chitthi Na Sandesh was witten by Jagjit in commemorating his 21-year old son’s death in an accident].

A little humor thrown in for the slightly greying generation – us, perhaps 🙂 – defintely broke the rhythm of the evening in a creative way. Reproduced here:

Maashuk ka Bhuddapa lazzat dila raha hai,
Maashuk ka Bhuddapa lazzat dila raha hai,
Angoor ka maza ab kishmish sey aa raha hai.

Live in Oakland, CA

Live in Oakland, CA

It feels good to have seen the ibteda (beginning) of a legend, and now the inteha. Don’t you just love Urdu with all its synonyms? Take what you like – inteha could be a “boundary,” it could be taken in context for “the extreme,” or “limitless,” or simply a “conclusion,” though I wish not. Not for this living legend’s legacy.

Here’s a link to one of my favorite Punjabi songs Sare Pind Wich Puare Paaye. And last, but not least, a very special thanks to our gracious hosts – Suniti & Sanjay.

Badi khoobsoorat hai yeh zindgaani.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. October 11, 2011 8:13 pm

    RIP Jagjit.

  2. Sanjay Subhedar permalink
    October 12, 2011 8:10 am

    Ramneek, thanks for sharing this post and reminding me of the wonderful time we had at the concert. As a young student I used to listen to Jagjit Singh in a dark room with no lights and a glass of scotch. Most of his Ghazals were about love and loss and he sang them in his raspy voice (too many cigs) that was so unique. He did an album “Close to my Heart”of popular hindi songs and his renditions are so much better than the originals. One of many favourites is Yaad Kiya dilne kahan ho tum..which is what we will be thinking when we hear any one of his ghazals.

  3. Shobha Grover permalink
    November 8, 2011 7:06 am

    oh was ‘mashook ka budhapa’ just some interspersed humour??? i thought it was a complete ghazal…had been searching for it since long…anyways, thanks for the information….

  4. November 8, 2011 7:11 am

    Here’s a link –


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