A. R. Rahman, Shankar Mahadevan, Shabana Azmi, and other

By editorenglish BalkaniAug 18, 2020, 10:41 IST
A. R. Rahman, Shankar Mahadevan, Shabana Azmi, and other
Legendary classical music vocalist Pandit Jasraj passed away on Monday at the age of 90. The legend breathed his last at 5:15 am EST (2:45 pm IST) on Monday at his New Jersey, USA residence, his daughter Durga Jasraj confirmed in a statement.

Many musicians and Bollywood celebrities took to Twitter to pen tributes for the legend.

Musical maestro A. R. Rahman wrote, “#RIPPanditJasraj Indian classical music has lost one of its shining stars🌹”.

Music composer Shankar Mahadevan wrote, “Devastated after hearing the news that Sangeet Marchand Pandit Jasraj has moved on to the next dimension.  A big void in the world of Indian Classical music. His music will live on in this planet 🙏”.

“Just heard of the passing of the Legendary #PanditJasraj Ji. My condolence to the 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”, Vishal Dadlani tweeted.

Veteran actor Shabana Azmi wrote, “Deeply saddened to hear abt the passing away of #Pt Jasraj. Ever since my accident in Jan 2020, I've been waking up to the strains of #The BestofPanditJasraj n am deeply grateful 4 d solace his voice has given me over d yrs. Condolences to Durga and the family.RIP”

Actor Adil Hussain wrote, “Too many Sad news coming today! Pandit Jasraj the legendary Classical Vocalist and Nishikant Kamat, Director of so many films, who directed me as well in my early days of Jasoos Vijay pass away today. Rest in Peace both of you in Heaven. Will miss you Both.”

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar wrote, “Tributes and Heartfelt Condolences at the passing of Legendary classical singer Padma Vibhushan #PanditJasraj ji #OmShanti 🙏🙏  @durgajasraj”.

Born in Haryana in 1930, his musical career spanned eight decades. Many of his notable stage performances were converted into music albums. He taught music in several countries including the United States and many of his students went on to become famous musicians.

He received several national and international awards in his career. He got Padma Shri - India's fourth-highest civilian award - in 1975; Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1987 and Padma Bhushan in 1999. In the year 2000, the government of India conferred him with Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian honor in the country.

A minor planet, between Mars and Jupiter, was named after Pandit Jasraj last year. He became the first Indian musician to join the galaxy of immortal composers like Mozart, Beethoven, and Tenor Luciano Pavarotti.

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