Pankaj Udhas at Westin Hotel New Year Bash
|Born||17 May 1951|
Jetpur, Saurashtra, India
Pankaj Udhas is a ghazal singer, hailing from Gujarat in India. He started his career with a release of a ghazal album titled Aahat in 1980 and subsequently recorded many hits like Mukarar in 1981, Tarrannum in 1982, Mehfil in 1983, Pankaj Udhas Live at Royal Albert Hall in 1984, Nayaab in 1985 and Aafreen in 1986. After his success as a ghazal singer, he was invited to appear and sing for a film by Mahesh Bhatt, Naam. Udhas rose to further fame for singing in the 1986 film Naam, in which his song "Chitthi Aayee Hai" (the letter has arrived) became an instant hit. He did playback singing for many Hindi films after that. Albums and live concerts around the globe brought him fame as a singer. In 2006, Pankaj Udhas was awarded the famous Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award.
Pankaj Udhas was born in Jetpur in Gujarat to the Charan community. He is the youngest of the three brothers. His parents are Keshubhai Udhas and Jituben Udhas. His Father was a farmer. His eldest brother Manhar Udhas achieved some success as a Hindi playback singer in Bollywood films. His second elder brother Nirmal Udhas is also a well-known Ghazal Singer and was the first of the three brothers to start singing in the family. He had studied in Sir BPTI Bhavanagar. His family moved to Mumbai and Pankaj attended St. Xavier's College in Mumbai.
A song titled Chandi Jaisa Rang hai tera, sone jaise bal (i.e. Your colour is like silver, your hair is like gold) was sung by Pankaj Udhas. Pankaj Udhas' older brother, Manhar Udhas was a stage performer that aided Pankaj in his introduction to musical performance. His first stage performance was during the Sino-Indian War, when he sang "Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo" and was given Rs. 51 by an audience member as a reward.
Four years later he joined the Sangeet Natya Academy in Rajkot and learned the nuances of playing the tabla. After that, he pursued a Bachelor of Science degree at Wilson College and St Xavier's college, Mumbai and started training in Indian classical vocal music under the tutelage of Master Navrang. Udhas's first song was in the film "Kamna" a solo composed by Usha Khanna and written by Naqsh Lyallpuri, the film was a flop but his rendition was very much appreciated. Subsequently, Udhas developed an interest in ghazals and learned Urdu to try to pursue a career as a ghazal singer. He spent ten months in Canada and the US doing ghazal concerts and returned to India with renewed vigour and confidence. His first ghazal album, Aahat, was released in 1980. From this, he began to have success and, as of 2011 he has released more than fifty albums and hundreds of compilation albums. In 1986, Udhas received another opportunity to perform in film, in the film Naam, which brought him fame. In 1990, he sang the melodious duet "Mahiya Teri Kasam" with Lata Mangeshkar, for the movie Ghayal. This song achieved immense popularity. In 1994, Udhas sang the notable song, "Na Kajre Ki Dhar", from the film Mohra along with Sadhana Sargam which also became very popular. He continued working as a playback singer, making some on-screen appearances in films such as Saajan, Yeh Dillagi, Naam and Phir Teri Kahaani Yaad Aayee. His album Shagufta launched by Music India in December 1987 was the first to be released on compact disc in India. Later, Udhas started a talent hunt television program called Aadab Aarz Hai on Sony Entertainment Television. Actor John Abraham calls Udhas his mentor.
|Movies/Albums||Song||Singer||Lyricist||Year of Release|
|Naam(Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)||Chitthi aayi hai||Pankaj Udhas||1986
Bahaar Aane Tak( Original Motion Picture Soundtrake) Mohabbat Inayat Karam Dekhte Hain Pankaj Udhas & Anuradha Paudwal 1990
|Saajan(Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)||Jeeye To Jeeye Kaise||Pankaj Udhas||1991|
|Ghayal (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)||Maahiya Teri Kasam||Pankaj Udhas & Lata Mangeshkar||1992|
|Jai Vikraanta (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)||Rishta tera mera (male version)||Pankaj Udhas||1994|
|Yeh Dillagi(Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)||Main Deewana Hoon Jisse||Pankaj Udhas and Saif Ali Khan||1994|
|Main Khiladi Tu Anari (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)||Hothon Pe Tera Naam||Pankaj Udhas||1994|
|Mohra (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)||Na Kajare Ki Dhaar||Pankaj Udhas||1994|
|Mata Ki Bhetein||Palchhin||Pankaj Udhas & Sanghamitra Bharali||Mohan Sharma||2011|
|Mata Ki Bhetein||Maiyya Pukaare Re (Duet)||Pankaj Udhas & Sanghamitra Bharali||Mohan Sharma||2011|
|Mata Ki Bhetein||Aarti||Pankaj Udhas & Sanghamitra Bharali||Mohan Sharma||2011|
|Ghazal E Mohabbat, Vol. 1||Chandi Jaisa Rang (Live)||Pankaj Udhas||2004|
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