New Jersey: Famous Hindustani musician Pandit Jasraj has passed away. Pandit Jasraj was a unique genius who was honored with three Padma Awards by the country for his many contributions to Hindustani music. He was 90 years old. She died in New Jersey, USA.
Daughter Durga Jasraj reported the death.
The curtain fell on New Jersey, USA for an 80 – year music career. He was born in 1930 in Hisar, Haryana. He started studying music from his father Moti Ramji, a well-known musician. He continued to study music as a disciple of his elder brother Maniram, Maharaja Jaywant Singhji Vaghela and Swami Vallabhbhai of Agra Gharana. Although he remained Maniram’s percussionist for some time, he became disillusioned with the audience and switched to music.
He was an expert in the Mewati Gharana system of Hindustani music. Jasraj Jugalbandi, who experimented with many new innovations in the field of music, made special contributions to music. His experiments with male and female singers performing two tunes simultaneously captivated the audience. It is popularly known as Jasurangi among music lovers in Pune.
He has won Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri awards. He has also received the Sangeetha Nataka Academy Award, Sangeet Kalaratna, Master Dinaghosh Mangeshkar Award, Swathi Sangeet Award, Sangeetha Nataka Academy Fellowship, Marwar Sangeet Ratna Award and Bharat Muni Samman.