Google Doodle celebrates Jagjit Singh’s 72nd Birthday
Jagjit Singh is one of the finest Ghazal singers in India who died last year after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. Today, Google is celebrating Jagjit Singh’s 72nd birthday by showcasing a doodle on their homepage. If you switch from google.com to the Indian version of the site (one with .co.in) then you can view this doodle. Although it’s just a simple image but you instantly connect to the legend’s unforgetful voice. The letters are painted in red with “I” being substituted with Jagjit Singh’s picture with a harmonium. Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia about this legend.
Singh is credited for the revival and popularity of ghazal, an Indian classical art form, by choosing poetry that was relevant to the masses and composing them in a way that laid more emphasis on the meaning of words and melody evoked by them. In terms of Indian Classical music, his style of composing and Gayaki (singing) is considered as Bol-pradhan, one that lays emphasis on words. He highlighted this in his music for films such as Prem Geet (1981), Arth and Saath Saath (1982), and TV serials Mirza Ghalib (1988) and Kahkashan (1991)
He used to sing all his Ghazal concerts using his signature harmonium. Once you click on the doodle image you are taken to a page that displays more information about this legendary singer in the familiar knowledge graph format. Related links like Asha Bhosle, Gulzar etc. Google has been a little slow with their Doodles in 2013. We can certainly hope that they make more frequent ones just like their awesome Olympic doodles in 2012. As far as Jagjit Singh is concerned he will always be remembered as the king of Ghazal music.