Pandit Jasraj passes away at the age of 90
Pandit Jasraj passes away in US at the age of 90. Week has started with bad news it seems of the country. Music legend Pandit Jasraj passed away today at the age of 90 in New Jersy. His daughter Durga Jasraj had confirmed to PTI, stating that the celebrated musician had passed away in US.
Pandit Jasraj was a recipient of the Padma Shri (1975), Padma Bhushan (1990) and Padma Vibhushan (2000). PM Narendra Modi expressed his condolences and shared on Twitter, “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.”
Salim Merchant too remembered the veteran and mentioned in the tweet “Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj ji has left us.. his voice & music has inspired & left a deep impact on the history of Indian classical music.”
Back in 2019, a minor planet, between Mars and Jupiter, was named after the famed musician. “It was made official by IAU on September 23, followed by a citation,” his daughter Durga Jasraj had informed told PTI then.
Expressing his happiness, Pandit Jasraj had told a daily, “This is beyond my dreams. In this honour, one can experience only God’s Grace. For me, the proximity of the minor planet to Jupiter (Guru as per Hindu Astrology) is an indication that my Gurus willed it with their blessings. For me, the proximity of the minor planet to Jupiter (Guru as per Hindu Astrology) is an indication that my Gurus willed it with their blessings.Music spreads love and unites souls. I am truly humbled, but this honour belongs to our divine Indian Classical Music, our great nation… Jai Ho.”