Chitra stopped giving public performances after their only son, Vivek, died in a road accident in the early 1990s.However, Jagjit Singh continued to be a prolific singer.She recalled in a interview, “I told the music director that his voice was heavy and that I wouldn’t be able to sing with him.” She took the microphone reluctantly.However, the duo clicked, in the studio and outside it.Sharing a small room with four others in Worli, Jagjit used to go up to Dadar for his meals, where the restaurant owner gave him meals for free.Gradually, he made a name for himself in the world of advertising jingles and started getting work as a playback singer.However, his father Sardar Amar Singh Dhiman, a government surveyor, wanted him to become an engineer or an IAS officer, and sent him to Jalandhar in 1959.Jagjit took admission in DAV College, for graduation, but in his hostel room, there were more musical instruments than books.
He used to do live concerts for AIR Jalandhar six times a year.
In January 1998, he suffered a heart attack, which led him to quit smoking.
In October 2007, he was hospitalised following blood circulation problems.
Chitra began singing with Jagjit and the duo were termed the “ghazal couple”.
Their voices complemented each other’s beautifully – his deep bass gurgled like a river, while hers danced like an ethereal mist over it. in 1976, the couple’s first album of ghazals that became the highest-selling album at a time when there was no market for non-film albums.
But after he joined All India Radio, he became a household name.