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Pankaj Udhas Biography: Age, Death, Passed Away, Ghazals, Illness, News

Pankaj Udhas: Pankaj Udhas was born on May 17, 1951, in Jetpur, Gujarat. He was an Indian ghazal and playback singer known for his work in Hindi cinema and Indian pop music. Pankaj sang several famous songs, including ‘Chitthi Aayee Hai’ from the film Naam (1986). In 2006, he was honored with the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award. Sadly, on February 26, 2024, Pankaj passed away due to a prolonged illness. His daughter, Nayaab Udhas, shared this tragic news via Instagram. He had been battling cancer and was undergoing treatment at Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai.

Pankaj Udhas Biography

Full Name Pankaj Udhas
Nickname Pankaj
Gender Male
Profession Ghazal singer and Music director
Date of Birth 17 May 1951
Date of Death 26 February 2024
Age (at the time of death) 72 Years
Birthplace Jetpur, Saurashtra, Gujarat, India
Hometown Jetpur, Gujarat, India
Death Place Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai
Death Cause Prolonged Illness
Religion Hinduism
Zodiac Sign Taurus
Nationality Indian

Physical Status

Height (approx.) 5 feet 6 inches
Weight (approx.) 72 kg
Body Measurements (approx.) Chest– 40 Inches
Waist– 34 Inches
Biceps– 12 Inches
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Black

Pankaj Udhas Family

Father Keshubhai Udhas
Mother Jituben Udhas
Brother Nirmal Udhas (Elder), and Manhar Udhas (Elder)
Sister N/A

Personal Information

Marital Status Married
Wife Farida Udhas
Children Daughter:  Nayab Udhas and Reva Udhas
Son: N/A

Favourite Things

Food Tandoori chicken and Hyderabadi murgh biryani
Actor Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan
Actress Madhuri Dixit and Priyanka Chopra
Musician Begam Akhtar, Mehdi Hassan and The Beatles
Restaurant China Garden in Mumbai


School Vidya Vihar School, Rajkot
College St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai
Qualification Degree in Science

Pankaj Udhas Early Life

Pankaj was born in Jetpur, Saurashtra, Gujrat, India. He belongs to a zamindars family. His father, Keshubhai Udhas, was a government servant and his mother’s name is Jituben Udhas. In his childhood, his father used to play ‘dilruba’, a stringed instrument which made him and his brothers inclined towards music. Later, his father enrolled them at the Sangeet Academy in Rajkot. Later, he moved to Mumbai with his tutor and guardian Navrang Nagpurkar, who was a singer from the Gwalior Gharana. He did his schooling from St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai.

Pankaj Udhas Death

Nayaab Udhas, the daughter of Pankaj Udhas, shared the tragic news on Instagram that her father, Pankaj, passed away due to a prolonged illness on February 26, 2024. Condolence messages started pouring in from all over India as soon as this sad news became public.

Pankaj Udhas Career

In 1962, during the Indo-Chinese war, Pankaj gave his first stage performance on the song ‘Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon’ and received Rs. 51 from an audience member as a token of appreciation for his talent. In 1980, he released his debut ghazal album ‘Aahat’. His big break came in 1986 when he featured in the song “Chitthi Aayee Hai” from the film ‘Naam’, which became a huge hit and brought him fame. In 1990, he collaborated with Lata Mangeshkar on “Mahiya Teri Kasam” for the film ‘Ghayal’. Pankaj sang the popular song ‘Na Kajre ki Dhar’ in the film ‘Mohra’ in 1994. By 2011, he had released over fifty albums and sung numerous songs. Later, Pankaj started a talent hunt show called ‘Aadab Aarz Hai’ on Sony Entertainment Television.

Some of Pankaj Udhas Albums & Ghazals

  • Aahat (1980)
  • Nasha (1997)
  • Mukarrar (1981)
  • Tarrannum (1982)
  • Mehfil (1983)
  • Pankaj Udhas Live at Albert (1984)
  • Nayaab (1985)
  • Khazana
  • Aafreen (1986)
  • Nabeel
  • Aashiyana (1992)
  • Ek Dhun Pyar Ki (1992)
  • Mahek (1999)
  • In Search of Meer (2003)
  • Hasrat (2005)
  • Shaayar (2010)
  • Sentimental (2013)
  • Khamoshi Ki Awaz (2014)
  • Khwabon Ki Khahani (2015)
  • Nayaab Lamhe with Gulzar (2018)

Awards for Pankaj Udhas

Year  Awards
2006 Padma Shree.
2006 “Kalakar” award for “Hasrat” as “Best Ghazal Album of 2005”.
2004 Special Felicitation at the Wembley Conference Center.
2003 MTV Immies Award.
2003 Special Achievement Award.
2003 Dadabhai Naoroji Millennium Award.
2002 Award for Excellence in the Music Field.
2002 Indo-American Chamber of Commerce.
2001 Vocational Recognition Award for Outstanding Performance.
1999 Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, USA Award for Extraordinary.
1998 Indian Arts Awards Gala, presented by the American Academy of Arts in Atlantic.
1996 Indira Gandhi Priyadarshani Award for Outstanding Service, Achievement, and Contribution.
1994 Honorary Citizenship of Lubbock, Texas, USA.
1994 Radio Lotus Award for Outstanding Achievement.
1993 Giants International Award
1990 Outstanding Young Person Award (1989-90)
1985 K.L Saigal Award for the Best Ghazal Singer of the Year


Who is Pankaj Udhas wife?

Farida Udhas is the wife of Pankaj Udhas.

When did Pankaj Udhas died?

Pankaj Udhas died on 26 February 2024.


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