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Legendary Singer Pankaj Udhas, Voice Behind “Chitthi Aayee Hai”, Dies At 72

Legendary singer Pankaj Udhas, known for memorable hits like ‘Chitthi Aayi Hai’, passed away after a prolonged illness in Mumbai, confirmed his family today. He was 72.

“With a heavy heart, we are saddened to inform you of the demise of Padma Shri Pankaj Udhas on 26 February due to a prolonged illness,” read a statement from the Udhas family.

Udhas, renowned for his playback singing in Hindi films including “Naam”, “Saajan”, and “Mohra”, breathed his last around 11 am at Breach Candy Hospital. His evergreen ghazals such as ‘Chandani Raat Mein’, ‘Na Kajre Ki Dhaar’, ‘Aur Ahista Kijiye Baatein’, ‘Ek Taraf Uska Ghar’, and ‘Thodi Thodi Piya Karo’ remain etched in memory.

Apart from his film work, Udhas was also known for his talent hunt TV show ‘Aadab Aarz Hai’, and he performed at concerts worldwide, having numerous albums to his credit. His song ‘Chitthi Aayee Hai’ was chosen as one of the 100 songs of the millennium by BBC Radio.

Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam posted a picture of the veteran singer on his Instagram feed, expressing his grief and reminiscing about Udhas’ significant presence in his childhood. “Shri Pankaj Udhas ji, I will miss you forever. My heart cries knowing that you are no more. Thank you for being there. Om Shanti,” he wrote.

Musician Anup Jalota also mourned Udhas’ passing, sharing pictures with him and extending condolences to his family and loved ones.

Pankaj Udhas, born in Jetpur, Gujarat, on May 17, 1951, was the youngest of three brothers. Initially trained in tabla, he later studied Hindustani classical music under Ghulam Qadir Khan Sahab, before furthering his vocal training with Navrang Nagpurkar in Mumbai.

Following the news of his demise, tributes poured in. Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded Udhas’ contribution to Indian music, stating, “We mourn the loss of Pankaj Udhas Ji, whose singing conveyed a range of emotions and whose Ghazals spoke directly to the soul.”

Home Minister Amit Shah also expressed condolences, remarking on how Udhas’ songs touched hearts across ages and classes, asserting that he will live on through his timeless melodies.

Udhas rose to fame with Mahesh Bhatt’s 1986 film ‘Naam’ and also made appearances in films like ‘Yeh Dillagi’, ‘Saajan’, and ‘Phir Teri Kahaani Yaad Aayee’.

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