Indian classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj had passed away in New Jersey on Monday at the age of 90. Pandit Jasraj is a recipient of several prestigious awards including Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan as well as Padma Vibhushan. Born in Haryana his musical career has spanned more than 80 years and led to numerous major awards. His performances of classical and semi-classical vocals have become albums and film soundtracks. Jasraj has taught music in India, Canada and the US.
Pandit Jasraj’s family said in a statement, “With profound grief, we inform that Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj ji breathed his last this morning at 5:15 am EST due to a cardiac arrest at 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. Bapuji, Jai Ho.”
Celebrities took to social media to pay tribute to the artiste and his legacy.
Music composer and singer Vishal Dadlani posted on Twitter, “Just heard of the passing of the Legendary #PanditJasraj Ji. My condolence to music itself, and to every musician on the planet. A truly monumental loss. My heart goes out to my friends Jatin & Lalit Pandit, Shweta & Shraddha Pandit & of course @DurgaJasraj ji, and the family.”
Sharing photos, Pandit Jasraj’s granddaughter and singer Shweta Pandit wrote on Twitter, “Good bye my precious dadu. So many insanely beautiful memories you have given me.. but i have no words now #RIPPanditJasraj 🙏🏻”
AR Rahman said the Indian classical music has lost one of its shining stars.
Karanvir Bohra took to Twitter and wrote, “An end of an era #panditjasraj. Rest in peace sir.”
Singer Daler Mehndi mourned Pandit Jasraj’s demise and tweeted, “Hindustani music maestro- Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri- Pt. Jasraj passed away in the US a short while ago. India has lost another gem, one of the rarest!”
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