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Jagjit Singh's concert at Los Angeles on April 25, 2009


UPDATED: Oct.10, 2011- Jagjit Singh died on Monday in Mumbai at the age of 70


Jagjit Singh's Concert “INTEHA” in Today Show History
at Long Beach Convention center, southern California on April 25
LA Dr. Dr Maher Tabatabai, a fan of Jagjit Singh won the auction Jagjit Singh's CD box “INTEHA”
for $13,500.00 to donate to Mehdi Hassan Sahib who’s health is ailing


An evening with the King of Gazals at Los Angeles

Los Angeles, April 26, 2009
S. Dabgotra/Simran Garcha/ Gary Singh

Jagjit Singh “Badshah-e-Gazal” the one and the only one who has the ability to mesmerize the audience. During the concerts there is always a pin drop silence except clapping and the clapping never stops. He is the best entertainer of our times. He is the one who brought the gazals back to the masses.

He started singing during his college times in seventies and since then he is on the rise. His collection of poetry is very deep and touching. His music is marvelous. The combination of his voice and ragas is unmatchable. His orchestra is Sone pe Suhaga. His entire artist is masters of whatever the instrument they play. The violinist and the table master are so unique that when they play the instruments, it is an entertainment by itself.

Today Saturday April 25, 2009, Jagit’s concert “INTEHA” started at 7:30 PM at Long Beach Convention center, southern California. The hall was jam packed to its fullest over 5000 Gazal fans.

He started with a new number “Kuchh na Kuchh to Zaroor Hona hai” with the sound of music and Jagjit’s voice The hall Goonjh Utha Tallion ke Saath. What a great composition? Then “Tum Ne Badle Hum se Gin Gin ke Liye” After that “Chithi na Koi Sandesh”, Then “Sunte hain ke Mil Jaati hai Cheez Dua Se”. The audience repeatedly clapped on every Sher of each Gazal. Then there were some old but very popular gazals like “Jhuki Jhuki si Nazar Bekrrar Hai ke Nahin” and “Yeh Doulat Bhi le lo Yeh Shohratt Bhi le lo” and so on.

Then Jagjit Singh made an announcement that he is going to auction his CD “INTEHA”. The proceeds from this auction he is going to donate to the Guru of Gazal’s Mehdi Hassan Sahib who’s health is ailing. The auction started and a great fan of Jagjit Singh Dr. Meher Tabatabai won the auction.

LA Dr. Dr Maher Tabatabai, a fan of Jagjit Singh won the auction Jagjit Singh's CD box “INTEHA” for $13,500.00 to donate to Mehdi Hassan Sahib who’s health is ailing

Dr. Meher paid for the CD $13,500.00. Dr. Meher Tabatabai is a fan of Jagjit Singh and a well wisher of another master Gazal singer Mehdi Hassan. She come from Rawalpindi, Pakistan and settled in southern California. Swaran Dabgotra of spoke with Dr. Maher Tabatabai over the phone and asked about her achievemnts. Dr Maher Tabatabai is a very polite and down to earth person. She stated that she is being honored by the Coastline Community College, Fountain Valley, Ca and will be awarded “Visinary of the Year” award on May 30, 2009. She already have been recoganized and received many awards. She also said that her husband Syed Qaisar Madad and herself are increasing charitable contribution to the (3) three charities from $13,500 to $15,000 and in addition will donate $5,000 to Mehdi Hassan in Pakistan as per the wishes of Jagjit Singh. Here is some brief info about this noble person:-

Dr. Tabatabai is a physician specializing in infectious disease and internal medicine. She was born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, and is married to Qaisar Madad. They are the proud parents of two daughters, Mahvish and Mahrukh, and son-in-law Faisal Rajput.

In addition to maintaining a private practice in infectious disease, Dr. Tabatabai currently serves as Chief of Staff of Promise Hospital of East Los Angeles. Promise Hospital is a long term acute care facility dedicated to the medical management of patients with complex, unresolved, acute, chronic, or catastrophic illnesses, as well as multi-system disease processes and severe injury. The hospital has a total of 213 beds at its two free-standing campuses in Los Angeles County, and total of 273 medical staff members.

Dr. Tabatabai has undertaken leadership positions on numerous committees at local hospitals. A few of her current positions include: chair of the Medical Executive Committee at Promise Hospital, member of the Medical Executive Committee at Kindred Hospital in La Mirada, California, and chair of the Infection Control Committees at Promise Hospital, Kindred Hospital, and St. Francis Medical Center, in Lynwood, California. Since 1987, she has been a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Southern California’s School of Medicine. She particularly enjoys the service, leadership, and teaching aspects of her career.

Dr. Tabatabai obtained her M.B.B.S. from Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. She is board certified by both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Infectious Disease. Likewise, she is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Society of Infectious Disease, among others. She has been an invited speaker at over 50 medical conferences, both nationally and internationally. Her lectures cover a broad range of topics such as bioterrorism, AIDS, and infection control.

Most recently, Dr. Tabatabai was honored by the Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America for her community service as a physician. She has also been recognized as one of “America’s Top Physicians” by the Consumer Research Council of America. As well, the Pakistani American Chamber of Commerce has commended her for her philanthropic efforts.

Dr. Tabatabai remains closely involved in the community through her participation in many non-profit charitable organizations, including the American Cancer Society, Relief International, and Developments in Literacy International.

Again Jagjit Singh sang some old numbers “Ham to Hain Pardes Mein, Des main Nikla Ho Ga Chaand”, “Honto Se Shhoo lo Tum, Mere Geet Amar Kar do” and many more geets and gazals. Towards the end he sang some Punabi Lok geets and song. People started whistling, screaming, dancing on their seats and clapped nonstop. The concert lasted for about 4 hours and people enjoyed every bit of it. It was the best memorable evening in the history entertainment of Indian/Pakistani communities of Los Angeles.





Ghazal maestro


Concert Photos

Ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh


LA Dr. Dr Maher Tabatabai, a fan of Jagjit Singh won the auction Jagjit Singh's CD box “INTEHA” for $13,500.00 to donate to Mehdi Hassan Sahib who’s health is ailing


Management of Jagjit Singh's concert