In Memory: When 2 Greats Nida Fazli & Jagjit Singh Joined Forces

“Duniya jise kehte hain, jadoo ka khilona hai; Mil jaye to mitti hai, kho jaye to sona hai…”

These poignant words written by poet-lyricist Nida Fazli and sung by ghazal singer Jagjit Singh bear testimony to the greatness of these two legendary artistes — both joined in fate with the date February 8. In 1941, the legendary ghazal singer Jagmohan Singh was born in the Bikaner state of Rajputana in British India; 75 years later, on February 8, 2016, his genius colleague and the man whose words Singh often sung passed away.

Jagjit Singh
Ghazal Singer Jagjit Singh with Nida Fazli. *** Local Caption *** Ghazal Singer Jagjit Singh with Nida Fazli. Express archive photo

An irony that may be seen as a symbol of the circle of life, or maybe an indicator of how these two artistes are connected, Fazli (Muqtida Hasan) was born on October 12, 1938, and Singh died on October 10, 2011, after battling years of cancer. During their careers, both Singh and Fazli touched hearts in their own way — often together.

The lyricist and singer joined forces many a time, Fazli’s poetry giving an insight into the aches of the human heart, philosophising on life and love, while Singh’s soulful voice echoed in the deep recesses of the minds and soul of his listeners. Their most famous collaboration was in 1994, when the two joined hands to bring out an album ‘Insight’, which was much appreciated for its soulful poetry and music.

Listen to tracks from Insight and other collaborations:
Hosh Waalon Ko Khabar Kya, 1999 (Sarfarosh)


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