Pankaj Udhas, a renowned Ghazal singer, has passed away at the age of 72 following a prolonged illness on February 26. The sad news was confirmed by his family. According to reports, he had been battling cancer for some time and passed away at 11 AM at Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai. His daughter, Nayaab, also shared the news of his demise on social media.

Pankaj Udhas, born on May 17, 1951, in Jetpur, Gujarat, India, had a musical journey spanning over four decades. Influenced by his family’s musical background, particularly his elder brother Manhar Udhas, he ventured into the world of music at a young age. While he initially sang for Hindi films and explored Indian pop, his true passion lay in Ghazals. In 1980, he released his first Ghazal album titled “Aahat,” which marked the beginning of a prolific career. Throughout his career, he released over 60 solo albums and collaborated on numerous projects.

Udhas’ melodious voice and profound understanding of Ghazal poetry resonated deeply with audiences, earning him recognition as one of India’s leading Ghazal singers. He played a pivotal role in popularizing Ghazals, making them accessible to a wider audience. Songs like “Chitthi Aai Hai” from the film “Naam” (1986) and “Aa Gale Lag Ja” further cemented his status as a household name in the world of Ghazals.

In addition to his musical contributions, Udhas received several prestigious awards, including the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Ghazal Singing, and the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honor. Known for his humble demeanor, Pankaj Udhas’ legacy lives on in the hearts of Ghazal enthusiasts worldwide.

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