Updated February 26th, 2024 at 17:50 IST

Pankaj Udhas, Ghazal Maestro Dies; Political Reactions Pour In

Pankaj is renowned for his unforgettable rendition of tracks such as 'Chitthi Aayi Hai' from the 1986 crime thriller 'Naam'.

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File Photo of Ghazal Maestro Pankaj Udhas | Image:PTI

Pankaj Udhas Latest News: Padma Shri awardee and ghazal maestro Pankaj Udhas died on Monday. After battling a prolonged illness, the veteran singer took his last breath at 72. Taking to social media, Udhas' family share the grieving news with his fans. "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," the official statement of the family, shared by the late singer's daughter Nayaab read. 

‘A Void in Music World’: How Political Leaders Reacted to Pankaj Udhas' Demise - Here's Who Said What

Expressing grief over the demise of Pankaj Udhas, PM Modi said, "We mourn the loss of Pankaj Udhas Ji, whose singing conveyed a range of emotions and whose Ghazals spoke directly to the soul. He was a beacon of Indian music, whose melodies transcended generations. I recall my various interactions with him over the years. His departure leaves a void in the music world that can never be filled. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti."




"Pankaj Udhas ji mesmerized many generations with his melodious voice. His ghazals and songs touched the hearts of people of all ages and classes. Today, his demise has left a huge void in the world of music, which will be difficult to fill for a long time. He will always be among us through his songs and ghazals. I express my deepest condolences to the bereaved family and his fans. May God give peace to the departed soul", tweeted Union Home Minister Amit Shah

Deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Pankaj Udhas ji. His career, spanning more than 4 decades, enriched our music industry and gifted us with some of the most memorable and melodious renditions of gazals. His demise is an irreparable loss to our music world. My sincere condolences to his family, friends, and followers in this difficult time. May his soul rest in peace”, tweeted Union Minister Anurag Thakur. 

Minister of State, Harsh Sanghavi said,"Deeply saddened by the loss of Pankaj Udhas ji, a legendary artist whose ghazals resonated with generations. His soulful music touched the hearts of many. Om Shanti."


“A profound loss to the world of music! Saddened by the news of the legendary singer Padmashri Pankaj Udhas Ji’s, passing. His soulful voice touched hearts across generations. My deepest condolences to his family and fans”, said Congress' Aslam Shaikh. 


Pankaj is renowned for his unforgettable rendition of tracks such as 'Chitthi Aayi Hai' from the 1986 crime thriller 'Naam,' directed by Mahesh Bhatt. 


Pankaj Udhas is known for several iconic songs in the ghazal genre. Some of his most famous songs include:

  • Chandi Jaisa Rang Hai Tera
  • Aur Aahista Kijiye Baatein
  • Na Kajre Ki Dhar
  • Jeeye To Jeeye Kaise
  • Maikhane Se Sharab Se
  • Ghazab Kiya Tere Vaade Pe Aitbaar Kiya

These songs left an indelible mark on the Indian music landscape in the 80s and 90s and continue to be cherished by audiences worldwide even today. 


Published February 26th, 2024 at 16:43 IST