It is proving to be one sad day for the world of arts. After the unfortunate news of the death of filmmaker Nishikant Kamat, we got the report of the passing away of Pandit Jasraj. At the age of 90, he left us for the heavenly abode. We wonder how much more do we have to endure in 2020. Pandit Jasraj, a Padma Shri recipient was one of the doyens of Hindustani classical music. He passed away due to a cardiac arrest. The news was confirmed by Durga Jasraj to the Press Trust Of India. He was living in New Jersey. Pandit Jasraj's death has meant the end of an era.
In a statement issued by the family, it said, "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." The singer who was born in Haryana is from the Mewati Gharana. 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." It is indeed a huge loss for the world of classical music.
Pandit Jasraj's career has spanned more than 80 years. He has won numerous award. The music maestro has taught Hindustani classical music in India, Canada and the US. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his condolences saying, "Not only were his renditions outstanding, he also made a mark as an exceptional mentor to several other vocalists."
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