Ghazal singer Chitra Singh fighting a lone battle so that her husband, the well-known Indian Ghazal King, Late Jagjit Singh, be awarded as Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian honour.
Chitra Singh, also a renowned ghazal singer from 1970 to 1980, had been convincing for the Bharat Ratna Award to her husband for quite a long time to Mr. Manmohan Singh and Smt. Sonia Gandhi.
Jagjit-ji received the “Padma Bhushan” in 2003, but for the next 11 years of commendable performance in India and Abroad, he did not receive any award.
Mr. Manmohan Singh, who was very close to Late Jagjit Singh, and Smt. Sonia Gandhi both met Chitra Singh courteously, also assured her that whatever possible for them they could do. But, unfortunately, nothing happened later.
Jagjit Singh is known throughout the world for his Ghazals and Bhajans, his composition of music, work in Hindi cinema, and acquired a permanent seat in the heart of Indians. He died of a brain hemorrhage at the age of 70.
Chitra Singh thought that only his fans can raise a voice to the new Government so that their legend can get the Bharat Ratna Award. She also expects a positive response from Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi and his newly formed government.
We hope that her wish be fulfilled in the future by a new government with new policies. We have lost Jagjit Singh suddenly that created a great shock and hollowness in the area of classical music, especially in the segment of ghazals. People who really love classical music will always remember his name in the corner of their minds.