Today's Google Doodle celebrates Indian singer Jagjit Singh's birth anniversary
The doodle on the home page of Google is dedicated to Indian ghazal singer, late Jagjit Singh, on his birth anniversary today. Singh (1941 - 2011), also called 'Ghazal King' of India, was born on February 8.
The doodle depicts a sketch of seated Jagjit Singh with his hands on the harmonium on his 72nd birth anniversary. The Google
logo appears behind the singer who passed away on October 11, 2011 due to brain hemorrhage.
Singh, besides being a singer, was also a composer, activist and entrepreneur, who sang in several languages. In an era of tough competition in ghazal singing from Pakistani singers, Singh won acclaim in India
along with his wife Chitra Singh.
He sang for films also along with producing highly successful music albums and was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the government of India. He is credited for reviving ghazal singing in India, emphasising both on the meaning of words and melody in its rendering.
Incidentally, Singh and I, studied together at Kurukshetra University in Haryana for our post-graduate degrees. He did his masters in history and me in physics. His performed at many cultural functions held on the university campus and had a fan following including me.