Music legend Pandit Jasraj passed away today at the age of 90 in New Jersey, the United States on Monday. He music maestro’s daughter Durga Jasraj confirmed the news stating that his father breathed his last of cardiac arrest at the age of 90.
“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,” read the official statement issued by his family.
Lauded as one of India’s greatest music legend, Jasraj, who belonged to the Mewati Gharana was a recipient of the Padma Shri (1975), Padma Bhushan (1990) and Padma Vibhushan (2000). In his noteworthy career which spanned for more than 80 years, Jasraj though his taught music classed in India, Canada and the US trained many famous musicians.
Social media flooded with condolence messages from various noted musicians from the film fraternity, personalities and admirers. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences and tweeted saying, “Not only were his renditions outstanding, he also made a mark as an exceptional mentor to several other vocalists.”
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. pic.twitter.com/6bIgIoTOYB
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 17, 2020
President Ram Nath Kovind also expressed his condolences and posted that the revered vocalist had “enthralled people with soulful renditions.”
Music legend and unparalleled classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj’s passing makes me sad. Spanning a distinguished career of over 8 decades, Pandit Jasraj, a Padma Vibhushan recipient, enthralled people with soulful renditions. Condolence to his family, friends & music connoisseurs.
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 17, 2020
Last year, the International Astronomical Union had named a minor planet, located between Mars and Jupiter, after Pandit Jasraj, regarded as the doyen of Indian classical vocal music. Minor planet 2006 VP32 (number-300128) was named as ‘Panditjasraj’. Pandit was in the US when the country went into lockdown due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.