The Accidental Legend: ‘Acid house’ pioneer Charanjit Singh dead

On June 5, Charanjit Singh, 75, passed away in his sleep at his Mumbai residence. The news shocked many in the industry as he was preparing for a London gig, and also working on a new album.

Written by Somya Lakhani | New Delhi | Updated: July 6, 2015 5:25 pm
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In 1982, an obscure record called Ten Ragas To a Disco, which added disco beats to Indian ragas, surfaced. It immediately tanked without a trace, and Charanjit Singh never became a household name. Way ahead of its time, the album, a first in the acid-house genre, gained international acclaim in 2002, when record collector Edo Bouman discovered it at a store in Delhi. Singh went on to tour the world with his acid-house music, which he accidentally created, dressed in a bandhgala mostly.

On June 5, Singh, 75, passed away in his sleep at his Mumbai residence. The news shocked many in the industry as he was preparing for a London gig, and also working on a new album.

While Ten Ragas To a Disco brought him fame later in life, Singh was a Bollywood essential, and worked with composers such as RD Burman, SD Burman, Laxmikan-Pyarelal and Shankar-Jaikishan. Singh has performed across the country, including music festivals such as Magnetic Fields in 2013. His son, Raju Singh, is a composer who makes music for TV and films.

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Fans and industry insiders reacted strongly to his passing away on social networking websites such as Twitter and Facebook.

“Walking down the road yesterday Remembering Charanjit Singh ji, the Guru of Eastern Electronic Music and i wake this Morning with Sad News.” – UK-based tabla player Talvin Singh

“R.I.P. Charanjit Singh. We where honored to hang out with him during our last India trip. This Man was phenomenal” – German electronic music duo Modeselektor

“Music dir Raju Singhs father Charanjit Singh passed away, guitarist of R.D. Burmans biggest hits, also knwn as the originator of House Music” – filmmaker Ken Ghosh

“One of the greatest musician charanjit singh died today..!RIP-!he was a great asset to panchamda in d music he did..!” – composer Lalit Pandit

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