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Jagjit Kaur, veteran singer, dies at 93

Jagjit Kaur died of age-related illness on 15 August. She sang songs in films like Posti and Dil-e-Nadan and got married to Khayyam in 1954

Jagjit Kaur, the veteran singer and wife of late composer Khayyam, died on 15 August following an age-related illness. She was 93.

Jagjit Kaur began her musical career in the 1950s. She sang tracks for films like Posti and Dil-e-Nadan. She got married to Khayyam in 1954. She sang a song in the Khayyam-composed memorable soundtracks of Umrao Jaan in 1981.

Her husband Khayyam had died in a Mumbai hospital in August 2019 at the age of 92. The legendry composer, best known for his music in films such as Kabhi Kabhie and Umrao Jaan, died after suffering from a lung ailment at Sujay Hospital in Juhu.

Veteran Singer Jagjit Kaur, Wife Of Composer Khayyam, Dies At 93

“According to the late artist’s spokesperson, Jagjit Kaur, wife of the late composer Mohammed Zahur Khayyam, breathed her last around 6 am at her residence in Mumbai,” stated the report. The last rites of the veteran singer were performed at Pawan Hans Crematorium, SV Road Vile Parle in Mumbai earlier on Sunday. Jagjit Kaur was best-known for singing tracks like Dekh Lo Aaj Humko from Bazaar and Pehle To Aankh Milana from the film Shola Aur Shabnam.

Obituary: Jagjit Kaur

Kaur belonged to an aristocratic family from Punjab. She married composer Mohammed Zahur Khayyam in 1954, one of the first interfaith marriages in the Indian film industry.

They had a son, Pradeep, who died of a attack in 2012. Inspired by their son’s helping nature, they started a trust, “Khayyam Jagjit Kaur KPG Charitable Trust” to help artistes and technicians in need. Khayyam died on 19 August 2019 following a cardiac arrest at the age of 92.

According to Pritam Sharma, spokesperson of the Khayyam Jagjit Kaur KPG Charitable Trust, the singer breathed her last around 6 AM at her residence in Juhu.

“The last rites will be performed with limited attendance today at Pawan Hans Crematorium, Vile Parle, here,” Sharma said.

Kaur started her career in the early 50s, singing songs in films like Posti (Punjabi) and Dil-e-Nadan, starring Talat Mehmood and Shyama. She got married to Khayyam in 1954.

She sang a song in the Khayyam-composed memorable soundtrack, Umrao Jaan in 1981. In 2016, Kaur, along with her husband-composer, started the Khayyam Jagjit Kaur KPG Charitable Trust to support budding artists and technicians in India.

Some of her songs are the following:

  • “Dekho dekho ji gori sasural chali” from Shagoon (1964), Sahir Ludhiyanvi, music Khayyam
  • “Tum apna ranj–o-gham apni pareshani mujhe de do” from Shagoon
  • “Khamosh zindagi ko afsaanaa mil gayaa” from Dil-e-Nadan (1953), Shakeel Badayuni, music Ghulam Mohammad
  • “Chale aao saiyan rangeele main vaari re” (with Pamela Chopra) from Bazaar (1982), Jagjit Kaur, music Khayyam
  • “Dekh lo aaaj humko jee bhar ke” from Bazaar
  • “Kaahe ko byahi bides” from Umrao Jaan (1981), music Khayyam
  • “Saada chidiya da chamba ve” by Jagjit Kaur and Pamela Chopra from Kabhi Kabhi (1976), music Khayyam
  • “Chanda gaaye raagini” from Dil-e-Nadan
  • “Pehle to ankh milana” (with Mohammed Rafi) from Shola Aur Shabnam (1961), Kaifi Azmi, music Khayyam
  • “Ladi re ladi tujhse aankh jo ladi” from Shola aur Shabnam (1961)), Kaifi Azmi, music Khayyam
  • “Nain milake pyar jata ke aag laga dee” (with Mohammed Rafi) from Mera Bhai Mera Dushman (1967), music Khayyam

Jagjit Kaur composed Punjabi film music. The film Satguru Teri Oat, released in 1974, cast Dara Singh and Som Dutt.

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