Music Preview: Jagjit Singh at DAR Constitution Hall

Sunday, May 10, 2009

May 30 at DAR Constitution Hall

(, 202-628-1776)

Singer-composer Jagjit Singh is hardly an up-and-coming talent -- he's been a celebrated artist in his native India for decades. But he may not be as familiar to American audiences as he should be. Singh, and his wife and fellow singer Chitra Singh, are credited with introducing classic Indian ghazals -- poems that generally involve tales of longing and melancholy -- to modern audiences. The Singhs' 1976 collaboration, "The Unforgettable," launched a ghazal renaissance as well as the couple's career, which produced dozens of albums and countless compositions for television and film. Although Chitra largely stopped singing after the 1990 death of the couple's son, Jagjit continues to record and perform. He doesn't come to the States often, but he's bringing his haunting voice to DAR Constitution Hall on May 30. Although Singh's name may not be as recognizable as Bruce's, Beyoncé's, or any number of major players on the summer concert circuit, his show offers a rare opportunity to experience the music of an international superstar.

-- Sarah Godfrey

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