India’s Gujarat state is home to ghazal vocalist Pankaj Udhas. He went on to record a number of songs, including Mukarrar in 1981, Tarrannum in 1982, Mehfil in 1983, Pankaj Udhas Live at Royal Albert Hall in 1984, Nayaab in 1985, and Aafreen in 1986. Following his triumph as a ghazal vocalist, Mahesh Bhatt extended an invitation for him to feature and perform in his film Naam. After singing in the 1986 movie Naam, where his song “Chitthi Aayee Hai” (The Letter Has Arrived) became an immediate smash, Udhas gained even more notoriety.
|72 years old (in 2023)
|Date of Birth
|17 May 1951
|Singer, Music Director
|Jetpur, Gujarat, India
Pankaj Udhas was captivated by his siblings, who performed on stage and gained recognition from the crowds, growing up in a musical family. and received stage singing and ghazal instruction from his older brother Manhar Udhas. This particular song was written by Kavi Pradeep, and he had sung it during a sentimental time when there was a war situation. Essentially, this song was written and sung in order to dedicate and pay respect to our soldiers who have lost their lives during this war.
Where Pankaj Udhas acquired the idea to pursue singing professionally. He attended Sir BPTI Bhavnagar to study. After his family relocated to Mumbai, Pankaj enrolled at St. Xavier’s College in that city. After four years, he enrolled in Rajkot’s Sangeet Natya Academy to study the subtleties of tabla playing. Following that, he studied for a Bachelor of Science at Wilson College and St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai. Although the movie “Kamna” was a commercial failure, Pankaj Udha’s debut song was a solo written by Naqsh Lyallpuri and composed by Usha Khanna.
As time passed, he began to take an interest in the musical instrument known as the tabla and began studying ghazals. His dream was to play Ghazal full-time. He performed in several Ghazal performances, traveled extensively in the US and Canada, and studied Urdu. His first Ghazal album, Aahat, was released in 1980 following his homecoming. Since then, he has put out more than 50 well-received ghazal albums.
Before 2011 even arrived, his career was in full swing, having released more than 50 albums and hundreds of compilation singles. With the 1986 movie “Naam,” Pankaj Udhas gained notoriety and his song “Chitthi Aayee Hai” became an instant hit. In 1994, Udhas sang the well-known song Na Kajre Ki Dhar from the Mohra film. His first compact disc release in the nation, Shagufta, was issued by Music India in December 1987.
There is a musical family that includes many well-known singers. They may even be considered fortunate enough to have been reared in a musical atmosphere and to have been born into that family. Being born into a musical household did not lessen Pankaj Udhas‘ luck. Jituben Udhas was his mother, and Keshubhai Udhas was his farmer father.
Pankaj is the youngest of the three brothers, they are also referred to as “Udhas Brothers” Manhar Udhas, his older brother, was a successful Hindi playback singer in Bollywood films. The first of the three brothers to begin singing in the family was his second eldest brother, Nirmal Udhas, who is also a well-known Ghazal singer. The Udhas brothers are well-known ghazal performers and their inspirational contribution to the music industry is well acknowledged. They have sung more than 300 songs, which has contributed to their industry impact.
Awards and Honours
- The Indian government awarded him the Padmashri in 2006 for his contributions to the genre of Ghazal singing.
- Given the coveted “Kalakar” award in Kolkata for “Hasrat,” which was recognized as the “Best Ghazal album of 2005.”
- Special Recognition for 20 Years of Performance at the Prestigious Venue in 2004 at the Wembley Conference Center in London.
- The MTV Immies Award was given in 2003 for the popular album “In Search of Meer.”
- 2003: Special Achievement Award at the Bollywood Music Award in New York for Global Ghazal Popularization.
- The Dadabhai Naoroji International Society presented the 2003 Dadabhai Naoroji Millennium Award for Contribution to Ghazal and the Music Industry.
- Sahyog Foundation Award for Excellence in Music Field, Mumbai 2002.
- 2002 Indo-American Chamber of Commerce Honoree.
- The Rotary Club of Mumbai Downtown presented the Vocational Recognition Award for Outstanding Performance as a Ghazal Singer in 2001.
- Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, USA Award for outstanding contributions to Indian music, particularly ghazal promotion both domestically and internationally. Delivered at the 1999 New York Festival of Ghazals.
- The Mayor of Jersey City gave the 1998 Indian Arts Awards Gala.
- The American Academy of Artists gave the Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award in Atlantic City in 1998.
- 1996’s Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award for Extraordinary Services, Achievement, and Music Contribution.
- 1994: Award of Honorary Citizenship to Lubbock, Texas, USA.
- For both the numerous tracks that have appeared on the radio’s official hit parade and for the Outstanding Achievement Radio Lotus Award. Presented in 1994 at the University of Durban by Radio Lotus, South Africa.
- Giants International Award for outstanding efforts to raise the bar in the music industry and inspire the whole community to strive for greatness in 1993.
- Outstanding Young Persons’ Award (1989–1990) for distinguished national service and positive leadership. Given in 1990 by the Indian Junior Chambers.
- The K L Saigal Award was given to the best ghazal singer in 1985.