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Iconic Ghazal Singer Pankaj Udhas, 72, Passes Away After Long Battle

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Pankaj Udhas is no longer with us. The iconic vocalist was seventy-two years old. “We are saddened to inform you of the sad demise of Padmashri Pankaj Udhar on February 26, 2024, due to a prolonged illness,” informed his family in a statement. Many people have been shocked by the news. One of the first people to react to his death was singer Sonu Nigam.

Taking to his Instagram account, Sonu wrote, “One of the most important parts of my childhood, is lost today. Shri Pankaj Udhas ji, I will miss you forever. My heart cries knowing that you are no more. Thank you for being there. Om Shanti.”

Udhas was born into a musically inclined family in Gujarat and, alongside his brothers, enrolled at the Rajkot Sangeet Academy at a young age. He embarked on his musical journey by learning Hindustani vocal classical music from Ghulam Qadir Khan Sahab and later moved to Mumbai to receive training under Gwalior Gharana singer Navrang Nagpurkar.

According to reports, Udhas’s inaugural stage performance was a rendition of “Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo” during the India-China war, which deeply moved an audience member to reward him with ₹51. His first song credit was in the 1972 film “Kaamna,” directed by K Chatterjee.

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