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Hindustani Classical Maestro Pandit Jasraj Passes Away Aged 90

Pandit Jasraj has passed away due to cardiac arrest, says his daughter Durga Jasraj. He was 90 years of age and was living in New Jersey, USA.

“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,” a statement issued by his family said, as per media reports.

“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, Pandit Jasraj ji’s family, and the students of Mewati Gharana,” it said.

Born in Haryana, Jasraj was a recipient of various prestigious awards including Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan.

His musical career has spanned more than 80 years and led to numerous major awards.

Performances of classical and semi-classical vocals have become albums and film soundtracks.

Jasraj ji has taught music in India, Canada and the US.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences on the demise of the legendary singer and tweeted:

“Not only were his renditions outstanding, but he also made a mark as an exceptional mentor to several other vocalists.

Another interesting achievement also includes a minor planet, between Mars and Jupiter, being named after Pandit Jasraj ji.

International Astronomical Union (IAU) has named minor planet 2006 VP32 (number -300128), discovered on November 11, 2006, as ‘Panditjasraj’.

‘Panditjasraj’ traverses the cosmos between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

‘Panditjasraj’ minor planet can be seen on their official website with the number 300128, his date of birth in reverse order (28/01/30).

It’s a major loss for the Indian music fraternity and us as a whole. May his soul rest in peace.

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