Pankaj Udhas, the renowned ghazal singer, has sadly passed away following a prolonged battle with illness.

Ghazal maestro Pankaj Udhas, aged 72, has peacefully departed after a prolonged illness on February 26th.

Renowned ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas, aged 72, has passed away today, February 26, following a prolonged illness, as confirmed by his family. The family released a statement expressing their deep sorrow, informing the public about the demise of the Padmashri awardee. Pankaj Udhas breathed his last at 11 AM at Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital, where he was undergoing treatment for cancer, a diagnosis he received a few months ago. His daughter Nayaab also shared the news on social media. The final rites are scheduled for Tuesday, February 27.

Pankaj Udhas, an icon in the world of ghazal music, has mesmerized audiences with his soul-stirring melodies for more than four decades. Born on May 17, 1951, in Jetpur, Gujarat, India, Udhas was immersed in a musical environment from an early age, with his family deeply rooted in musical traditions. His older brother, Manhar Udhas, had already made a mark as a successful playback singer in Bollywood, paving the way for Pankaj’s own musical journey.

While Udhas initially ventured into singing for Hindi films and exploring Indian pop music, his true passion lay in the rich tapestry of ghazals, a poetic form in Urdu set to music. In 1980, he unveiled his debut ghazal album, “Aahat,” marking the genesis of a prolific career that would witness the release of over 60 solo albums and numerous collaborative ventures.

Udhas’ mellifluous voice, complemented by his profound understanding of ghazal poetry, struck a chord with audiences, transcending boundaries and making ghazals more accessible to a broader spectrum of listeners. Hits like “Chitthi Aai Hai” from the movie “Naam” (1986) and “Aa Gale Lag Ja” solidified his stature as a household name and established him as one of India’s foremost ghazal singers.

His unwavering commitment to his artistry earned him numerous accolades, including the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Ghazal Singing, and the prestigious Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian honors.

Beyond his musical genius, Udhas was admired for his humility and grounded demeanor. His voice continues to resonate in the hearts of ghazal enthusiasts worldwide, leaving an indelible mark on the musical landscape.

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