Music expresses feeling and thought, without language; it was below and before speech, and it is above and beyond all words.
Chitra Singh is a renowned Indian Ghazal singer. She was married to Jagjit Singh, a prominent Ghazal singer who died on October 10 2011. They formed a highly popular duet team and are considered pioneers of modern Ghazal singing.
Chitra Singh met Jagjit Singh in Mumbai (then known as Bombay), India, in the late 1960s, and they started a musical career together by singing jingles for various advertisements. Their career took off with the launching of The Unforgettables, an album with several firsts to its credit. Their public singing before large audiences revolutionized ghazal singing. Until then, ghazal singing had been confined to musical performances (“mehfils”) before small audiences consisting primarily of the elite in the society.
The duo composed and sang songs for Hindi, Punjabi and Bengali albums. They contributed to devotional music by releasing albums which included Krishna, Chirag, Hey Ram, and Shabads. Krishna is one of the largest-selling titles in its category.
Chitra has sung popular Bengali songs which are still popular in West Bengal and Bangladesh. “Ki Dile Amai Tumi?” (What have you given me?), “Bujhini To Ami” (I didn’t understand), “Duti Mon Ar Nei Dujonar” (Two hearts are one), “Amar Chokher Joler Majhe” (In my tears) are some of her great Bengali songs.