Disciples and followers in US pay tributes to legendary Indian classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj


New York, August 18

Disciples and followers of music legend Pandit Jasraj within the US paid their tributes to the Indian classical vocalist and described his passing away as an irreparable loss to India and its cultural heritage whereas fondly recalling his humble and delicate nature.

The mortal stays of Pandit Jasraj, who handed away on Monday on the age of 90 following a cardiac arrest at his residence in New Jersey, are anticipated to be flown to Mumbai on Tuesday afternoon and the Consulate General of India in New York helps with the required preparations.

Former president of the diaspora organisation, US Federation of Indian Associations (FIA), Alok Kumar, paid his respects to the legendary artist on the Hindu Funeral Home in Highland Park in New Jersey.

Kumar stated numerous folks had gathered on the funeral residence in the course of the day to pay their respects to Pandit Jasraj.

Keeping in thoughts the social distancing necessities amid the pandemic, a restricted variety of folks had been being allowed at a time to enter the funeral residence and pay their tributes.

“We will all miss the musical legend. It is indeed the end of an era in Indian classical music. With Pandit Jasraj’s death, we have lost a ‘sargam’ of shastriya sangeet,” Kumar told PTI. “No one can match the legend that he was.”

Hari, certainly one of Pandit Jasraj’s disciples, stated that every one his pupils are nonetheless in a state of shock and are attempting to come back to phrases with the great loss.

“We are trying to make sense of it. We are deeply feeling his loss but we also see the wealth of love that he has left behind,” he stated.

Hari stated Pandit Jasraj was surrounded by his disciples and they’re continually speaking together with his household in India. They are making mandatory preparations to fly his mortal stays to India for the funeral.

“Pandit Jasraj’s demise is a loss for India, for the cultural tradition of India but broadly it is a loss for music overall. He stands for music everywhere, his passing is a big loss for music,” Hari stated.

New Jersey-based Alka Aneja fondly recalled her affiliation with the Padma Vibhushan recipient and stated he was a maestro and a legend, “however the humanity, kindness and generosity” that got here from him was unparalleled.

Aneja stated Pandita Tripti Mukherjee, Hindustani classical vocalist and disciple of Pandit Jasraj, in addition to two-three different disciples are anticipated to take the mortal stays of Pandit Jasraj to Mumbai on an Air India flight on Tuesday afternoon.

Aneja, who was Pandit Jasraj’s realtor and had identified him for the final three years, stated she final met him on the competition of Janmashtami final week.

“He was a legend for the world but he was a very kind and gentle soul for me. I got to know him at a personal level. He had a great sense of humour and was very humble,” she stated.

Aneja stated a legend like Pandit Jasraj, who had achieved a lot in life, was a really humble one that “allowed people in his life. People don’t have their feet on the ground when they achieve as much as he did”.  He was very humble and a delicate soul, she stated.

Recalling that he used to name her ‘Son Pari’, Aneja stated every time she touched his ft, he would say ‘betiyaan pair nahin chhooti hain (daughters do not contact ft)’. Aneja stated she is blessed to have identified him.

FIA Chairman Ankur Vaidya recollected a number of interactions he had with Pandit Jasraj, saying he was a “very inspiring and mesmerising persona”.

Vaidya stated Pandit Jasraj was the Guest of Honour at FIA’s India Day parade in 2013 and was honoured once more by the organisation in 2018 for his distinguished accomplishment and vital contribution to the Indian classical music.

Pandit Jasraj, who belonged to the Mewati gharana, was within the US when the coronavirus-led lockdown occurred and determined to remain again in that nation.

Demonstrating his capability to adapt with the occasions, his final efficiency was in April this 12 months. He sang on Hanuman Jayanti for the Sankat Mochan Hanuman temple in Varanasi via Facebook Live.

“With profound grief we inform that Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj ji breathed his last this morning at 5.15 EST due to a cardiac arrest at his home in New Jersey, USA,” an announcement issued by his household stated on Monday.

“May Lord Krishna welcome him lovingly through the doors of heaven, where Pandit ji will now sing Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya exclusively just for his beloved Lord. We pray that his soul rests in eternal musical peace. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers,” it stated. PTI



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