Chitra Singh

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Chitra Singh
Chitra Singh in 2012
Background information
Birth nameChitra Shome[1]
Also known asChitra Dutta
Born11 Apr 1945
GenresGhazal, Classical, Devotional, Folk
Years active1970–1990

Chitra Singh (born Shome)[2] is an Indian ghazal singer. She with her husband Jagjit Singh pulled the ghazal genre out of the drawing room of the elite and brought it to the masses.[3] Respectfully known as the "king and queen of the Ghazal world," the husband and wife duo created some of the most successful Indian music of the 1970s and '80s.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Chitra Singh formed a ghazal singing duo with her husband Jagjit Singh. They married in 1969,[5] and it was her second marriage. She was earlier married to Debo Prasad Dutta and she had a daughter (Monica) from her first marriage.[6]She hasn't sung since 1991 when the couple's 20 year old son (Vivek) died in a car accident. Chitra Singh's daughter from her first marriage (Monica Chowdhry) committed suicide in 2009.[7]


  • A Milestone (1976)
  • The Unforgettables (1978)
  • Gold Disc (1979)
  • Ae mere dil (1980)
  • The earliest recordings of Jagjit and Chitra Singh
  • Live in concert with Jagjit Chitra Singh
  • Live at Wembley
  • Live at Royal Albert Hall
  • The Latest
  • Desires
  • Arth/Saath Saath
  • Chirag


  1. ^ "Flying solo with Chitra Singh".
  2. ^ Sahara, Rashtriya. "Rashtriya Sahara, Volume 5, Issues 1-6". Google Books. Sahara India Mass Communication. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Chitra Singh daughter found hanging; was depressed, says family".
  4. ^ "Jagjit & Chitra Singh".
  5. ^ "Jagjit called me Mummy, I called him Papa - Chitra Singh".
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Triple tragedy for Jagjit Singh's wife Chitra".

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