Pankaj Udhas is a ghazal singer, hailing from Gujarat in India.
He started his career with a release of a ghazal album titled, Aahat in 1980 and subsequently recorded many hits like Mukarrar in 1981, Tarrannum in 1982, Mehfil in 1983, Pankaj Udhas Live at Royal Albert Hall in 1984, Nayaab in 1985 and Aafreen in 1986.
After his success as a ghazal singer, he was invited to appear and sing for a film by Mahesh Bhatt, Naam. Udhas rose to further fame for singing in the 1986 film Naam, in which his song "Chitthi Aayee Hai" became an instant hit.
He did playback singing for many Hindi films after that and albums and live concerts around the globe which brought him fame as a singer. In 2006, Pankaj Udhas was awarded the coveted Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award.
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Founder Director, Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA), established in 1969.
CPAA is an NGO committed to the concept of "Total Management of Cancer" from awareness to rehabilitation, research and advocacy, with over 125 employees, branches in several towns in India, several hundred volunteers and a budget of approximately Rs. 80 million per year. The organization has been developed to maintain excellent governance through a management board which has directors heading various disciplines ranging from Patient Care, Early diagnosis, Rehabilitation, Cancer Insurance, Cancer Research, Advocacy and Fund raising.
He has been awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award, at the International Workshop on Cancer Awareness, Prevention, Screening & Early Detection for SAARC Nations in March 2016 and the World Health Organization 2012 Certificate of Appreciation to Cancer Patients Aid Association India in recognition of outstanding contribution to tobacco control.