Legendary Classical Vocalist Pandit Jasraj Dies At 90
Indian classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj died on Monday following a cardiac arrest at his home in New Jersey, his daughter Durga Jasraj said. He was 90.
Widely considered one of India’s greatest musicians, Pandit Jasraj leaves behind a storied legacy spanning almost eight decades.
“Bapuji is no more,” his daughter Durga, also a musician, told PTI over phone from Mumbai. She was inconsolable and could not speak anymore.
Jasraj, who belonged to the Mewati Gharana, was in the U.S. when the coronavirus-led lockdown happened and decided to stay back in that country.
“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,” a statement issued by his family said.
Condoling his death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter that his demise has left a deep void in the Indian cultural sphere. Along with the tweet, Modi also posted old pictures of him felicitating the maestro.