This is just sad. Classical music legend Pandit Jasraj is no more. He was 90. A statement issued by his family read, “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."
It further read, “May Lord Krishna welcome him lovingly through the doors of heaven, where Pandit ji will now sing Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya exclusively just for his beloved Lord. We pray that his soul rests in eternal musical peace. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers, Pandit Jasraj ji’s family, and the students of Mewati Gharana."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his grief on the demise of the legendary singer. He wrote on Twitter saying, "Not only were his renditions outstanding, he also made a mark as an exceptional mentor to several other vocalists."
Born in Haryana, his musical career has lasted more than 80 years and led to numerous major award like Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan. His performances of classical and semi-classical vocals have become albums and film soundtracks. He also taught music in India, Canada and the US.
His contribution to music was so much that a minor planet, between Mars and Jupiter, has been named after Pandit Jasraj. International Astronomical Union (IAU) named minor planet 2006 VP32 (number -300128) , discovered on November 11, 2006 , as 'Panditjasraj'. It traverses between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. He was a source of insipration to many. We pray that his soul rests in peace.
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