Chitra Singh Jagjit Singh.
Manna Dey said Jagjit Singh had been the greatest ghazal singer ever.
Renowned singer Manna Dey had given an interview in Anandabazar Patrika on 15th October, 2011. He had shown his grief for the untimely death of Ghazal King Jagjit Singh.
But in an elaborate interview he said that Jagjit Singh was the greatest Indian ghazal singer ever. He said he had great relationship with Ghazal singer Talat Mehmood. Talat Mehmood used to stress on romantic ghazals. On the other hand Mehedi Hassan of Pakistan sung huge number of classical ghazals. Many ghazals all across the world had imitated Mehedi Hassan for a long period of time. Ghulam Ali also had been appreciated all across the world for his classical ghazals.
Jagjit Singh devolved a style of his own, but he reached ghazals to the common man in the best possible manner. Manna Dey said he had great attachment with Chitra Singh. She was known to Manna Dey even before marriage when she was Chitra Dutta.
Manna Dey in fact sang a song with Jagjit Singh which was composed by eminent music director Jaidev. Manna Dey appreciated Jagjit Singh’s excellent music composition. Most of his brilliant songs were composed by himself including “tumko dekha to ye khayal aya” from the film Saath Saath.
Manna Dey appreciated Jagjit Singh’s excellent pronunciation of urdu talaffus. He said the way Jagjit Singh had pronounced the lyrics of the shayeri, he himself could only do it. Manna Dey at an age of 90 years had mentioned that as long as ghazals will survive all across the world, Jagjit Singh will remain in the minds of numerous musiclovers in every part of the world. He had become immortal through his excellent works.