Blessed with a mellifluous voice, Pankaj Udhas is a world-renowned Ghazal singer. His Ghazals have been delighting fans the world over, and he is admired for his music prowess. Pankaj is a celebrated artist and has been honoured by several prestigious organizations and associations throughout the world for his outstanding contribution to Ghazals.
Pankaj Udhas was born on May 17, 1951 in Jetpur near Rajkot in Gujarat to a family of Zamindar. Even before he was five, Pankaj became conscious of his singing skills. At the tender age of eleven, he sang Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon’ in front of a mammoth crowd, amidst thundering applause.
He joined the Sangeet Natya Academy in Rajkot and learnt the nuances of playing the tabla. He came to Mumbai to pursue his Degree in Science and showcased his voice at the inter-collegiate level.
Once Pankaj heard his brother Manhar’s Urdu teacher listen to Mehndi Hasan and Begum Akhtar. He was so attracted towards this form of music that he went on to learn Urdu in order to grasp the depth of Ghazals. Pankaj Udhas had found his destiny. From his first ghazal album Aahat that was released in 1980, he has gone on to release around 40 albums.
After being met with great appreciation for his Ghazals, Pankaj Udhas also made his foray into films gaining a lot of popularity with the famous ‘Chitthi Aayee Hai’ song from the film Naam bringing tears to every music lover’s eyes. Moreover, his appearance on screen made him a star in his own right.
Deeply grateful to music for providing him with so much acclaim. Pankaj decided to give the music world something in return. He started a talent hunt program called Aadab Aarz Hai on Sony Entertainment Television and gave opportunities to a lot of youngsters to present their talents.
Deeply grateful to music for providing him with so much acclaim, Pankaj decided to give the music world something in return. He started a talent hunt program called Aadab Aarz Hai on Sony Entertainment Television and gave opportunities to a lot of youngsters to present their talents.
Along the history of human civilization, the sun has been the most visible entity that has commanded man’s awe, gratitude, reverence and worship. Most emerging religions of the world have drawn from this original source of inspiration. Just like the shared sense of time, the rhythm of day and night the rotation of the seasons…the sun will continue to illuminate and unite us as children of one Supreme source.
Science has recognized this great ball of fire and energy to be an exploding furnace of helium and hydrogen. Without which nothing on earth can thrive or survive. But beyond the physical harnessing of solar energy where the sun is the Godhead, lies the final frontier of man’s destiny. Beyond the myths of Egypt, Babylon, Persia, and Peru…beyond the antiquities of Solomon’s Temple, Stonehenge, and the sun temple of Konark…beyond the mysteries of astrology, lies the preordained tryst of mankind with its most original perception of divinity: the light behold the sun. The spirit within the fire…the resplendent form of the benevolent mother of the universe…who as we know her…is Gayatri.
In awe or anguish, whenever we have looked up at the sun, knowingly or unknowingly, we have also looked up to the smiling face of Gayatri. To celebrate this great fortune and to bring it within the grasp of active consciousness. We have the Gayatri Mantra gifted to us. The power to utter, chant and contemplate it is our precious privilege.
Widely acclaimed in India, the Gayatri Mantra’s Supreme status is further enhanced by Lord Krishna’s proclamation in his spiritual discourse, the Geeta, that among the mantras he is Gayatri. Our earth life being a material manifestation of the supreme solar power Gayatri. It follows that the Gayatri Mantra exerts its influence over various levels of existence: Physical, mental, and emotional. Therefore, irrespective of our cultural learning or spiritual beliefs, regardless of our religious faiths, if we choose the Gayatri Mantra, to chant, absorb and meditate upon. It has power to open up the floodgates to the highest intellectual and creative capacities. In our experimentation with the mantra, we might possibly experience divine bliss, leading us to spiritual ascent….in this world, and beyond.
In defiance of the contemporary and ominous pointers to global calamities, we believe that the Gayatri Mantra can make even the non-believer a believer in his own potential divinity. This album, therefore, is a humble effort to introduce the listener to what may be considered as the ultimate spiritual journey of man.
1. Gayatri Mantra Jaap - 108 Times
2. Gayatri Mantra Jaap - 108 Times
Singer: Pankaj Udhas
Music Director: Ravi Pawar