Kashmir fans remember Jagjit Singh

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Srinagar: Kashmiris took to social networking sites today to mourn the death of ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh with hundreds posting “Rest In Peace” message as a tribute to the singer.
The Ghazal King’s voice has been a refuge for years now, to hundreds of broken hearts and failed love stories of Kashmir. Many Kashmiris have been lifetime fans of Singh’s voice and ghazals, who in return, touched their hearts with his romantic renditions.
Singh, who was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital last week, passed away today morning. He was 70.
Among the most famous albums of Singh, which are popular in Kashmir are ”Mirza Ghalib”, a collections of ghazals of most famous Urdu poet and ”Marasim”, ”Face To Face”, ”Aaeena”, ”Cry For Cry”, ”Someone Somewhere” and ”Muntazir”.
“Thanks for lullabying my pain Mr Jagjit Singh, rest in musical peace. Your voice epitomises my childhood sweet pain and innocent fantasies,” a Facebook user wrote in his tribute to the maestro.
Hundreds of others wrote a single line tribute to Singh: “Rest In Peace”.
As most of the Kashmiris understand the intricacies of the Urdu language and appreciate poetry in its true perspective, fact acknowledged by Singh himself while on a visit here, found the ghazal master as one amongst them.
Singh returned to Kashmir in 2009 after a gap of 20-years and performed at a live concert at SK International Convention Centre, on the banks of Dal lake.
The concert turned a surprise success as after two decades of conflict, Kashmiris thronged the hall to listen to a three-hour performance by Singh.
The ghazal singer again visited Kashmir to perform at the convocation centre of the University of Kashmir, where thousands of his fans attended the show.
A tweet by a Kashmir blogger summed the two major deaths of this month as: “Was wondering what Steve Jobs and Jagjit Singh will come up with as they meet Hereafter. Musical Apple!”.

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