New Delhi/Washingto: Renowned Indian classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj passed away Monday morning at his home in New Jersey, US.
“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, US,” said a statement issued by his family.
The 90-year-legend was living in New Jersey, US. He belonged to Mewati Gharana and was born on January 28, 1930 in Pill Mandori, a village in Hisar, Haryana. He began training as a vocalist at the age of 14. He initially trained as a classical vocalist with Pandit Maniram, and later with Jaiwant Singh Waghela, a vocalist and beenkar, and then with Gulam Qadir Khan of Mewati Gharana. He devoted his entire life to classic music and taught people all across the world. He was a recipient of Padma Shri; Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and Padma Vibhushan.
“Music legend and unparalleled classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj’s passing makes me sad”, President Ram Nath Kovind said in a message.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the demise of Pandit Jasraj Ji.
“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”, the Prime Minister said.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah has expressed grief on demise of renowned classical singer Pandit Jasraj. In a tweet Shri Amit Shah said that “Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj ji was an incredible artist who enriched Indian classical music with his magical voice. His demise feels like a personal loss. He will remain in our hearts forever through his peerless creations. Condolences to his family and followers. Om Shanti”.