Indian Ghazal Singer Pankaj Udhas Passes Away at 72

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THE music industry mourns the loss of legendary Indian ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas who died on Monday at Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai. The 72-year-old maestro had been battling a prolonged illness, succumbing to his health challenges.

Confirmation of Udhas’s demise came from his team that posted, “Pankaj Sir was suffering from prolonged illness and wasn’t keeping well for the last few days. He died this morning around 11 am at Breach Candy hospital,” as reported by

Udhas’s daughter, Nayaab Udhas, on Instagram said, “With a very heavy heart, we are saddened to inform you of the sad demise of Padmashri Pankaj Udhas on 26th February 2024 due to a prolonged illness. Udhas family.”

The funeral of Udhas is scheduled to take place on Tuesday in Mumbai.

Born on May 17, 1951, in Gujarat, Pankaj Udhas marked his presence in the music industry with soulful renditions that captivated audiences for decades. Rising to prominence in the 1980s and 1990s, Udhas not only enriched the world with his musical talents but also made significant contributions to philanthropy.

In 1989, he released the album ‘Nabeel,’ a noteworthy piece that fetched a staggering Rs 1 lakh in an auction, with the proceeds donated to the Cancer Patients Aid Association. His humanitarian endeavors also extended to his active involvement with Parents Thalassemia Unit.

Throughout his illustrious career, Udhas produced numerous albums and singles, many of which have become timeless classics. Hits such as ‘Chitthi Aayi Hai,’ ‘Aur Ahista,’ and ‘Jeeye To Jeeye Kaise’ continue to resonate with listeners across generations.

Udhas’s legacy goes beyond his musical achievements; he leaves behind an indelible mark on Indian culture through his contributions to both music and philanthropy. His timeless melodies and meaningful lyrics will continue to inspire audiences, ensuring that his impact endures for generations to come.

He has performed a number of times in Trinidad.


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