New Delhi: Google is celebrating late ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh's 72nd birthday with a doodle on its India homepage today. Jagjit Singh died on October 10, 2011 following brain haemorrhage.
And even more than a year after his death, Jagjit Singh continues to be popular with his fans as the singer has topped the list of most searched ghazal singers online.
According to Google Search Trends, Jagjit Singh was people's first choice - both in India and abroad, when it came to songs, lyrics, and mp3s of ghazals.
Globally, the Indian subcontinent searches the highest for Jagjit Singh, followed by Pakistan, Bangladesh and United Arab Emirates.
The top five ghazal singers globally are: Jagjit Singh, Ghulam Ali, Mehdi Hassan, Pankaj Udhas and Talat Aziz.
In India, netizens of Ludhiana, Bhopal and Indore search the most for queries related to Jagjit Singh, best remembered for numbers like "Jhuki jhuki si nazar", "Tum itna jo", "Koi ye kaise bataye", "Yeh tera ghar yeh mera ghar", "Tumko dekha toh yeh khayaal", "Kaagaz ki kashti", "Hoshwalon ko khabar kya", "Koi fariyaad" and "Chitthi na koi sandesh".