Welcome to Pankaj Udhas Live in Concert 2012
Success has been a constant companion of this supremely gifted singer from Gujarat. did his first Ghazal concert in 1978 and the world of ghazal knew that a new star has arrived. Since then, the ghazal maestro has consistently scaled new heights in his pursuit of excellence. He has traveled to almost every country in the world, performed at nearly all prestigious venues on the planet and has entertained millions of ghazal lovers everywhere.
It has been a long journey for a boy who stunned a mammoth crowd with ‘Ae merey watan ke logo’ at the tender age of 11 years. Today has 39 top selling albums to his credit and has won countless awards and felicitations including the biggest of them all – the Padmashri – in 2006. In 1986, Pankaj won millions of hearts with his ever popular ‘Chitthi Aayi Hai’ from the movie Naam. This song struck a chord with every Indian living overseas and is still one of the most requested songs in concerts. It was adjudged as one of the 100 best songs of the Millennium by a BBC Poll.
For the last five generations of music lovers, Pankaj has given an astonishing number of hit ghazals with amazing consistency. Some of his unforgettable ghazals include Chitthi Aayi Hai, Ghungroo Toot Gaye, Zamana Kharab Hai, Ek Taraf Uska Ghar, Baarishon Ka Mausam Hai, Sabak Jisko Wafa Ka, Chandi Jaisa Rang Hai Tera, Ishq Na Chahiye Jisko Yaar, Deewaron Se Milkar Rona Acha Lagta Hai, Sabko Maloom Hai Main Sharabi Nahin Hoon, Zara Aahista Chal and Jheel Mein Chaand Nazar Aaya. The list can go on and on.
His greatest contribution would perhaps be reviving the ghazal which had limited mass appeal until the 1980’s. His simple yet meaningful shayari, gentle and soft compositions, accompanied by his velvet voice gave a whole new lease of life to the genre and created a new industry in the process. With Pankaj, the ghazal came out of its ‘reserved for the elite’ status and went straight to the hearts of general music loving public.
• First non film song ‘Chandi Jaisa Rang hai tera’ featured on Binaca Geet Mala as the best song of the year for being on number one position the longest period in 1984.
• First Ghazal album titled ‘Nayaab’ broke all previous sales records in the year 1985. • First ghazal album titled ‘Aafreen’ received the coveted Triple Platinum disc for the year 1986.
• First ghazal album titled ‘Shagufta’ released on a Compact Disc.
• First ghazal album titled ‘Nabeel’ auctioned for Rs. 1 lakh in aid of Cancer Patients Aid Association in the year 1988.
• First album with a collection of Omar Khayyam’s famous Rubayaits titled ‘Rubayee’ in the year 1990.
• First ghazal album ‘In Search of Meer’ to get the MTV Music Award for the year 2003.
• First Indian artist to be felicitated by the management of the Wembley Conference Center, London for performing successfully at this venue for the past 20 years.