A life lived to the complete, one which enriched saat suron ki duniya as few have or can. The very point out of the identify Pandit Jasraj ushers in melody. The very embodiment of saat swar, alas the divine notes that took us to a different world have fallen silent.
To even utter the phrases, ‘the indomitable vocalist is no more’, appears like a disservice to his immense contribution, for vocalists like him stay as everlasting as their ethereal notes which by no means did not solid a magical spell.
A Padma Vibushan recipient, he epitomised Bharatiya sanskar not merely as a result of he represented its nice classical custom, however extra exactly since he lived it in his very being and propagated the identical. Those who’ve recognized him would at all times keep in mind his ebullient greeting, Jai Ho. Those who’ve heard him would at all times swear by his vocal vary, the mastery over ragas and his distinctive Jasrangi model with which he vowed listeners in India and overseas, younger and outdated alike. Call it experimentation or inspiration, the purist was not hemmed by custom but drew from its deep wells. Representing Mewati gharana, the Jasrangi model too he insisted got here from the traditional custom of “moorchana”, the place a female and male vocalist would render the identical raga.
Born in Hisar in 1930, he would hail his dwelling state as ‘janani janambhoomi’ and would typically carry out there. His musical journey started with greedy the rudiments first from his father and later his elder brother, Pandit Maniram. He additionally educated with Jaiwant Singh Waghela, a vocalist and “beenkar”, and Gulam Qadir Khan of Mewati gharana. The world wouldn’t simply know him as a doyen of an illustrious gharana, however as a creator and an innovator who would add new chapters to musical historical past. Swar was the important thing to all he created. As he added one after one other bandish to the musical lexicon, he would bridge many divides, together with non secular along with his Allah Om compositions. If he would popularise outdated Haveli Sangeet model, equally simply he may attain out to younger listeners, a lot of whom worshipped him like God.
Though married to filmmaker V Shantaram’s daughter, movie music didn’t beckon him strongly sufficient. But for infrequent and equally spectacular forays, a jugalbandi with Bhimsen Joshi in “Birbal My Brother” and a track in “Life of Pi”, he believed, “sab ki apni raah.” Many, nonetheless, would stroll his musical path and as we speak his disciples too have earned a spot for themselves. In direct communion with gods, he would typically say how God makes him sing and He alone listens. The odd mortals who noticed divinity in him would sorely miss the divine connection.