Doyen of Indian Classical Music Pandit Jasraj Passes Away, PM Modi Pays Tribute


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Bhubaneswar: The legendary Hindustani Classical Singer Pandit Jasraj died in New Jersey on Monday in the United States following a cardiac arrest at the age of 90. 

He belonged to the Mewati Gharana of classical singing. Born to a family of classical music singers in Hisar, Haryana he took initial training from his father Pandit Motiram, a well known singer himself. Pandit Jasraj started learning classical singing at the age of 14 and held his first stage show as a singer at the age of 22.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his tribute to Pandit Jasraj. PM Modi tweeted, “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.”
Pandit Jasraj has received many awards including Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan over eight decades of his journey as a Hindustani classical singer.
In September 2019 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) had named a minor planet, discovered in 2006, after Pandit Jasraj. Pandit Jasraj was the first Indian to have received this honour.
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