Pankaj Udhas Best Ghazals and His Journey in Bollywood

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Pankaj Udhas best ghazals and his journey in Bollywood had been the most unbelievable, from Chithi aai to na kajre ki dhar were winners in the late 90s. After the news broke on the internet that he died after a prolonged illness.

The industry went to shock after hearing this unfortunate news. This legendary Ghazal singer was one of the gems in the Indian music industry. 

From his love for Ghazals and singing in various stage concerts to his journey in Bollywood, Pankaj Udas has surprised his fans with his soulful voice and given some of the most amazing hits of his career.

Let us dive to see Pankaj Udhas best ghazals and his journey in Bollywood.

Ten Most Lovable Ghazals and Songs by Pankaj Udhas

1. Chitthi Aai Hai

Pankaj Udas one of the best songs Chitthi Aai Hai was widely popular among his fans. The song was featured in the Indian film “Naam” released in 1986. 

This song was such a hit and was selected as one of the 100 songs of the Millennium by BBC Radio.

2. Sabko Maloom Hai Main Sharabi Nahin

The next on the list of Pankaj udhas best ghazals you should hear is Sabko Maloom Hai Main Sharabi Nahin which was released in 1981.

This ghazal was composed and sung by himself. His melodious voice took this ghazal in the hearts of the audience after released.

3. Jeeye To Jeeye Kaise

A well-known song from the 1991 Bollywood film “Saajan” is “Jeeye To Jeeye Kaise. 

The song was beautifully sung by Pankaj Udas and composed by the legendary duo Nadeem-Shravan. 

The song featured actors Salman Khan, Madhuri Dixit, and Sanjay Dutt in the lead roles where Pankaj Udas is also a part of the film. Many young people still enjoy and listen to these songs nowadays.

4. Chandi Jaisa Rang Hai Tera

The next on the list of Pankaj Udas all time evergreen gazal is Chandi Jaisa Rang Hai Tera which was composed by the duo music director Nikhil-Vinay in the year 1986. The song was a hit and became Pankaj Udas’s classic. 

5. Aankh Se Ankh Milao

The song ‘Hothon Pe Tera Naam Hai’ from the movie Main Khiladi Tu Anari, starring Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan, and Shilpa Shetty was one of the songs which was highly liked in the film. 

The music was composed by the renowned music director Anu Malik. Pankaj Udas gave his beautiful voice to this movie.

6. Maikhane Se Sharab Se

The next on the list is Maikhane Se Sharab Se, a ghazal sung by Pankaj Udhas. Beautifully written by Nafees Alam. This song was a hit and the fans of Pankaj Udas loved it.

7. Na Kajre Ki Dhar

“Na Kajre Ki Dhar” is a Hindi song from the Bollywood movie “Mohra” which was sung by the late singer Pankaj Udas in 1994. 

The film was directed by Rajiv Rai and starred Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, Raveena Tandon. The song was beautifully composed by Viju Shah.

8. Aaj Phir Tum Pe Pyar Aaya

The next on the list is the 1988 superhit song“Aaj Phir Tum Pe Pyar Aaya”. 

The song in the movie starred Vinod Khanna and Madhuri Dixit which redefined the meaning of romance and love. The lyrics were penned down by Aziz Qaisi and the music given for this song was Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

The song was done under Pankaj Udhas’s soulful voice which added depth, making it a timeless classic for the audience.

9. Aahista

‘Aahista’ by Pankaj Udhas is a ghazal that gained immense popularity which was released in 1986. 

The album “Aafreen” catapulted Pankaj Udhas to fame and established him as one of the leading ghazal singers in India.

10. Tere Dar Ko Chhod Chale

The last Ghazal on the list of the top ten Gazals of Pankaj Udas is from the movie Ganga Jamuna Saraswati starring Mithun Chakraborty. 

The song remains one of the most iconic songs and continues to be cherished by music lovers across generations.

How Did Pankaj Udhas Die?

Pankaj Udhas died on February 26th at the Breach Candy Hospital. The singer was just 72 years old when he was suffering from an undisclosed illness.

The news was confirmed in a social media post by his daughter, Nayaab Udhas, on Monday. She wrote on Instagram, “With a 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.”

How did Pankaj Udhas Get His First Break?

Like his older brothers, the Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas was a talented vocalist. His older brother, Manhal Udhas, was a stage performer and trained vocalist who recognized his brother’s ability and provided him the opportunity to make his stage debut by singing the ‘Aye mere Watan ke logo’. The singer even got 51 rupees from one of his spectators who enjoyed his performance.

The ghazal singer lately made his playback singing debut in the film Kamna for composer Usha Khanna.

A look at Pankaj Udhas family

Pankaj Udhas who was born in Gujarat on May 17, 1951. He had two older brothers, Manhal Udhas and Nirmal Udhas where Manhal was a stage actor and both were talented singers. His wife Farida Udhas and he have two children Nayaab Udhas and Reva Udhas.

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Pankaj Udhas Full Awards List

Besides giving his magical voice through his ghazals and creating a fanbase that was loved globally; he earned many prestigious awards to his name which a singer of this generation would only dream of. His hardwork and dedication to his singing got him awards like:

1985K.L. Saigal Award for the Best Ghazal Singer of the Year
1990Outstanding Young Persons' Award
1993Giants International Award
1994Radio Lotus Award for Outstanding Achievement
1994Honorary Citizenship of Lubbock, Texas, USA
1996Indira Gandhi Priyadarshani Award for Outstanding Services, Achievement, and Contribution to Music
1998Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award presented by the American Academy of Artists in Atlantic City
1998Indian Arts Awards Gala, presented by the Mayor of the City of Jersey City
1999Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, USA Award for Extraordinary
2001Vocational Recognition Award for Outstanding Performance
2002Indo-American Chamber of Commerce
2002Award for Excellence in the Music Field
2003Dadabhai Naoroji Millennium Award
2003Special Achievement Award
2003MTV Immies Award
2004Special Felicitation at the Wembley Conference Center
2006Kalakar" award for "Hasrat" as "Best Ghazal Album of 2005"
2006Padma Shree

Pankaj Udhas Last Rites in Mumbai

The ghazal singer was put to rest on Tuesday in Mumbai following the completion of the last ceremonies with full state honours.

As part of the singer’s last ceremonies, the National Flag was wrapped over his mortal body. A band gave a tribute concert before the Pankaj Udhas set out on their last journey. The hearse was driven through the streets while decorated with white flowers. 

Actor Vidya Balan, former cricket player Sunil Gavaskar, musicians Shankar Mahadevan. Sonu Nigam, Ustad Zakir Hussain, and others showed up at the singer’s home to offer their final condolences.

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