Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas passed away after a long illness

Pankaj Udhas, who ruled the hearts of people with the song 'Chandi Jaisa Rang Hai Tera', is no more.

Legendary singer Pankaj Udhas is no more. He breathed his last on 26 February 2024 at a hospital in Mumbai. Musician Pankaj Udhas’ daughter Nayab Udhas shared the news of her father’s death.

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has condoled the death of Pankaj Udhas. He paid tribute to the late singer by sharing some pictures on X. There PM Modi wrote that We mourn the death of Pankaj Udhas Ji, whose songs evoked so much emotion and whose ghazals spoke directly to the soul. 

Bihar Chief Minister Shri Nitish Kumar and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ji condoled the death of renowned ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas through social media. They said, the damage is irreparable.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed grief. On her official X account, she posted that she is deeply saddened by the death of one of the greatest singers of her time, Shri Pankaj Udhas. His death will leave a void in the music world. “My condolences to his family and countless fans”. 

Lyricist Manoj Muntashir expressed deep grief over the death of Pankaj Udhas. He wrote on social media, “Your three cassettes taught me what ghazal is for the first time. Pankaj Udhas Ji, who has taught thousands of people like me to understand poetry, can’t think of you leaving so soon!” We still had a lot to learn from you.”

Public Relations Source of Late singer said that he breathed his last at 11 am on February 26 at Breach Candy Hospital. He was ill for a long time. He was not well for the past few days, so he was admitted to the hospital. He said that Shri Udhas will be cremated on Tuesday.

Exposed to a musical environment in his home, Pankaj Udhas’ musical training began at the age of 6.  His entry into the world of music was very natural, from school prayer to serious music. Legends associated with the film and music world are passing away, Ameen Sayani passed away a few days ago and now Pankaj Udhas has passed away.  

The singer was born on 17 April 1951 in jetpur of rajokot district of Gujarat. Elder brother Manhar Udhas was a famous singer of Bombay film industry, another brother Nirmal was also a ghazal singer. His musical environment at home helped him grow as a singer.

His songs have mesmerized people of different ages time and again. His beautiful voice and simple style have won him many awards at home and abroad. He was awarded the Padmashree by the Government of India.

He studied in Bhavnagar, Gujarat before coming to Mumbai city. Coming to Mumbai, he joined St. Xavier’s and did his further education there.

Pankaj Udhas
Pankaj Udhas Picture Courtsey - Aaj Tak

Pankaj Udhas’ father Keshubhai Udhas admitted his sons to Sangeet Academy after seeing their interest in music. Pankaj Udhasji started his education with tabla training and later trained in Hindustani classical music from Ustad Ghulam Qadir Sahib. He got training under Navarang Nagpurkar of the Gwalior Gharana.

He first did his playback in the film Kamna released in 1972, unfortunately the movie was not a success. He started learning Urdu for the perfection in ghazal singing, but failed to find success singing career, moved to Canada and returned to India after a few years. His first ghazal album was released in 1980 titled Ahat. Since then Pankaj Udhas never looked back, his name spread everywhere.

He got fame with the ghazal ‘Chithi Ai Hai’ in the film ‘Naam’ released in 1986. He has sung in the films ‘sajan’ , ‘Yeh Dillagi’, ‘Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee’ and many more. Also some of his memorable songs are ‘Na Kazre Ki Dhar’ or ‘Chandi Jaisa Rong Hai Tera’. Actually Pankaj Udhas was a very simple man and a big name in the world of ghazal music.

This blessed child of Indian music, whose magical voice will mesmerize generation after generation to the tunes of Indian music. His passing will leave a void that will never be filled.