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Indian Classical Vocalist, Pandit Jasraj Has Passed Away



Pandit Jasraj Death – Dead: Indian classical vocalist, belonging to the Mewati gharana (musical apprenticeship lineage) Pandit Jasraj has passed away. Pandit whose musical career has spanned more than 80 years and led to numerous major awards was reported to have died today August 17 2020.

His performances of classical and semi-classical vocals have become albums and film soundtracks. Jasraj has taught music in India, Canada and the US. Some of his students have in turn become notable musicians such as violinist Kala Ramnath.

His cause of death or what led to his demise is not yet known as at the time of filing this report.

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Few Things You Need To Know About Pandit Jasraj

Jasraj was born on 28 January 1930 in Pili Mandori, a village in the Hisar district of Haryana, in a middle-class Brahmin family to Pandit Motiram, a classical singer.

Motiram died in 1934 when Jasraj was four, on the day he was to be appointed as the state musician in the court of Mir Osman Ali Khan.

Jasraj’s elder brother, Pandit Pratap Narayan, was also an accomplished musician and was the father of music composer duo Jatin-Lalit, singer-actress Sulakshana Pandit and actress Vijeta Pandit. His eldest brother is vocalist Pandit Maniram.

Jasraj spent his youth in Hyderabad, and travelled often to Sanand in Gujarat to study music with musicians of the Mewati gharana. Jasraj performed for Maharaj Jaywant Singh Waghela, the Thakur Sahib of Sanand, who was deeply dedicated to classical music, and received training from him.

In 1946, Jasraj moved to Calcutta, where he began singing classical music for radio.

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