Jagjit Kaur, veteran singer and wife of composer Khayyam, dies at 93 : The Tribune India

Bombay, August 15

Jagjit Kaur, veteran singer and wife of the late music composer Khayyam, died on Sunday from an age-related illness. She was 93 years old.

Kaur sang several songs, including those composed by Khayyam like “Dekh lo aaj humko” from “Bazaar”, the 1982 film starring Supriya Pathak Kapur and Farooq Shaikh; “Pehle to aankh milana” from 1961’s “Shola Aur Shabnam”, featuring Dharmendra; and “Tum apna ranj–o-gham apni pareshani mujhe de do” from Waheeda Rehman’s 1964 star “Shagoon”.

According to Pritam Sharma, spokesperson for the Khayyam Jagjit Kaur KPG Charitable Trust, the singer breathed her last around 6 a.m. at her residence in Juhu.

“Last rites will be performed with limited attendance today at Pawan Hans Crematorium, Vile Parle, here,” Sharma said.

Kaur started her career in the early 1950s, singing songs in films like “Posti” (Punjabi language) and “Dil-e-Nadan”, starring Talat Mehmood and Shyama. She married Khayyam in 1954.

She also sang a song in the memorable soundtrack composed by Khayyam, “Umrao Jaan” in 1981.

In 2016, Kaur, along with her composer-husband, established the Khayyam Jagjit Kaur KPG Charitable Trust to support aspiring artists and technicians in India.

Khayyam died in 2019 at the age of 92. PTI

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