Pankaj Udhas was born on 17th May 1951 in Jetpur, Gujarat to the Charan community. He is the youngest of the three brothers. His parents are Keshubhai Udhas and Jituben Udhas. His Father was a farmer. His eldest brother Manhar Udhas achieved some success as a Hindi playback singer in Bollywood films. His second elder brother Nirmal Udhas is also a well-known Ghazal Singer and was the first of the three brothers to start singing in the family. He had studied in Sir BPTI Bhavanagar. His family moved to Mumbai and Pankaj attended St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai.
If you are an Indian and music is our lifeline, then ’90s music is definitely the heartbeat. The ’90s was also the time when ghazals blossomed and singers like Pankaj Udhas touched our hearts with evergreen melodies like Aur ahista kijiye baatein and Chitthi aai hai.
One of the most loved ghazal singer, Pankaj Udhas gave us some of the best songs that still hold a special place in our hearts. Here are 10 of his most soulful renditions:
1. Chitthi Aayi hai
2. Aur Aahista Kijie Batein
3. Thodi Thodi Piya Karo
4. Chandi Jaisa Rang Hai Tera
5. Main Nashe Mein Hoon
6. Ek Taraf Uska Ghar
7. Dil Dhadakne ka Sabab Yaad Aya
8. Niklo Na Benaqab Zamana Kharab Hai
9. Diwano se Milkar Rona Achcha Lagta Hai
10. Aaj Jinke Qareeb Hote Hai
Awards won by Pankaj Udhas:
- 2006 – Pankaj Udhas Awarded Padmashree for his contribution to the art of ghazal singing his huge contribution to cancer patients and thallasemic children through his on the occasion of him completing 25 years of ghazal singing.
- 2006 – Awarded the prestigious “Kalakar” award at Kolkata for “Hasrat” as “Best Ghazal album of 2005”.
- 2004 – Special Felicitation at the Wembley Conference Center, London for Completing 20 Years of Performance at the Prestigious Venue.
- 2003 – MTV Immies Award for the successful album ‘In Search of Meer’.
- 2003 – Special Achievement Award at the Bollywood Music Award, New York for Popularizing Ghazals Across the Globe.
- 2003 – Dadabhai Naoroji Millennium Award conferred by the Dadabhai Naoroji International Society for Contribution to Ghazal and the Music Industry.
- 2002 – Award for Excellence in Music Field presented by Sahyog Foundation at Mumbai.
- 2002 – Honored by the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce.
- 2001 – Vocational Recognition Award for Outstanding Performance as a Ghazal singer presented by Rotary Club of Mumbai Downtown.
- 1999 – Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, USA Award for extraordinary services to Indian music, especially promotion of ghazals in India and abroad. Presented at the Festival of Ghazals held in New York.
- 1998 – Indian Arts Awards Gala presented by the Mayor of the City of Jersey City.
- 1998 – Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award presented by the American Academy of Artists at Atlantic City.
- 1996 – Indira Gandhi Priyadarshani Award for Outstanding Services, Achievement and Contribution to Music.
- 1994 – Honorary Citizenship of Lubbock Texas, USA.
- 1994 – Radio Lotus Award for Outstanding Achievement and for the many songs featuring on the official hit parade of the radio. Presented by Radio Lotus, South Africa at the University of Durban.
- 1993 – Giants International Award for extraordinary efforts to achieve the highest standards in the field of music thereby motivating the entire community to pursue excellence.
- 1990 – Outstanding Young Persons’ Award (1989–90) for positive leadership and distinguish services rendered to the nation. Presented by the Indian Junior Chambers.
- 1985 – K L Saigal Award for being the Best Ghazal Singer of the Year.