Indian classical music maestro Pandit Jasraj passes away

Prime News, National and International, Music, Singing, New Delhi, August 18:- Pandit Jasraj, the doyen of Indian classical music, passed away at the age of 90 in New Jersey, the United States of America, on Monday (August 17).

“With profound grief we inform that Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj ji breathed his last this morning at 5.15 EST due to a cardiac arrest at his home in New Jersey, USA,” a statement issued by his family read.

He is survived by his wife Madura, son Shaarang Dev Pandit and daughter Durga Jasraj, both musicians.

The renowned vocalist, who has a planet named after him “Panditjasraj,” placed between Mars and Jupiter, was a recipient of the highest civilian honours like Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri.

His death was condoled by dignitaries such as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind, among many other personalities from the world of music.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave his condolences on Twitter. He wrote, “The unfortunate demise of Pandit Jasraj Ji leaves a deep void in the Indian cultural sphere. Not only were his renditions outstanding, he also made a mark as an exceptional mentor to several other vocalists. Condolences to his family and admirers worldwide. Om Shanti.”

Born in 1930 in Haryana, the celebrated classical singer presented the Mewati Gharana to the global music connoisseur. With a career spanning 80 years, Pandit Jasraj’s oeuvre ranged from the world stage to Indian film music.

His rendition of “Raga Ahir Bhairav” was used in Ang Lee’s global hit of 2012, “Life Of Pi,” and he also sang “Vandana karo” in the 1966 film “Ladki Sahyadri Ki.” Pandit Jasraj’s other soundtrack contributions are his Jugalbandi with Bhimsen Joshi in the 1973 film, “Birbal My Brother,” and “Vaada tumse hai” in the 2008 horror film, “1920.” (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)


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