Mumbai: Tragedy has been a constant companion of Chitra Singh, who with her husband Jagjit pulled the ghazal genre out of the drawing room of the elite and brought it to the masses.

"I can imagine her plight and how lonely she must be feeling," singer Asha Bhosle said, reacting to Jagjit Singh's death this morning after a massive stroke.

In 2009, Monica Chaudhry, the 49-year-old daughter of Chitra Singh from her first marriage, committed suicide at her residence at suburban Bandra.

In 1990, Jagjit and Chitra's son Vivek died in a car crash here which left the couple devastated. Jagjit went silent for six months only to emerge stronger but Chitra lost her voice after the tragedy.

In fact, some of Singh's finest works came after that tragedy as pain had an enriching effect on his art.

These included 'Sajda' with Lata Mangeshkar, 'Someone Somewhere', 'Hope', 'Kahkashan' (recorded with Ali Sardar Jaffri for a teleserial), 'Silsilay' with Javed Akhtar, 'Marasim' with Gulzar and 'Samvedna' (featuring former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's poems).

(Agencies)