Pankaj Udhas took his last breathe – 2024

Pankaj Udhas, who grabbed the imagination with his ghazals, died on Monday in Mumbai. Condolences stream in.Pankaj Udhas, the incredibly brilliant vocalist who revitalised ghazals, has gone. His age  was 72. For decades, Udhas has entertained audiences with his unique manner.

Pankaj Udhas

Pankaj Udhas is best known for his voice in memorable tracks such as Chitthi Aayi Hai from Mahesh Bhatt’s 1986 crime thriller Naam, Chandi Jaisa Rang Hai from Pravin Bhatt’s 1998 film Ek Hi Maqsad, Aaj Phir Tumpe from Feroz Khan’s 1988 action thriller Dayavan, Jeeye To Jeeye Kaise from Lawrence D’Souza’s 1991 romantic film Saajan, and Chhupana Bhi Nahi Aata from Abbas-Mustan’s 1993 revenge thriller Baazigar, among others.
His ghazal career includes well-known albums like Aahat (1980) and songs such as Na Kajre Ki Dhaar, Aur Ahista Kijiye Baatein, Ek Taraf Uska Ghar, and Thodi Thodi Piya Karo.

In an interview with the Hindustan Times, Pankaj discussed returning to the stage after a break. “Before the epidemic, I used to have a lot of confidence in myself before each show. But the epidemic period was difficult, especially mentally. Despite the fact that I practiced riyaaz on a daily basis and tried not to grow rusty, I had little exposure to the stage or the audience. So, when I returned to the stage after two years for a concert in Rampur (Uttar Pradesh), I was really scared. But as I got up on stage and saw 6,000 people applauding for me, tears welled up in my eyes. It was a really emotional occasion, because I was robbed of the stage for so long.”

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