Pandit Jasraj: A ‘huge pillar of Indian music has fallen’ – BBC News

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Tributes are pouring in for Indian classical music legend Pandit Jasraj, who has died at the age of 90.

The singer died at his home in the US on Monday after suffering a cardiac arrest.

He enthralled audiences across the world with his soulful performances for more than seven decades.

The maestro also wrote music for some Bollywood films but he will mostly be remembered for making Indian classical music popular across the world.

He was in the US when India went into a lockdown in March to halt the spread of coronavirus. He chose to stay back until travel restrictions were lifted, his family said.

His sudden death has shocked many, including PM Narendra Modi who led the tributes.

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.

Narendra Modi (@narendramodi)

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Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, who worked with Pandit Jasraj, said she was “extremely saddened” by the news.

Many singers, lyricist, musicians, including Adnan Sami, Shankar Mahadevan and Javed Akhtar, paid their tributes.

I’m devastated by the news of the “Light Of Music”, our beloved Legend of Legends Pandit Jasraj’s demise…
Today, the world of music is darkened as it’s brightest light has faded.
A giant of a musician who was blessed with divinity in his voice.
A father figure for me.. RIP🙏😢

Adnan Sami (@AdnanSamiLive)

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Devastated after hearing the news that Sangeet marthand pandit Jasraj has moved on to the next dimension . A big void in the world of Indian Classical music . His music will live on in this planet 🙏

Shankar Mahadevan (@Shankar_Live)

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A huge pillar of Hindustani sangeet has fallen today . My heart felt condolence to Pandit Jasraj ‘s family . I can see him standing on the stage with his arms raised as if he is blessig all of us and in his soft and silken voice for the last time he is saying JAI HO !!

Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu)

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Pandit Jasraj was born into a family of musicians. His father was a vocalist in a royal court and his two brothers were also musicians.

His training started early and he started performing on stage with his brothers at the age of 11. He soon became known for his unique style – some describe his music as “spiritual and divine”.

His fame grew steady over the years and he became a permanent fixture in many classical music festivals in India and around the world.

His also collaborated with directors on some Bollywood projects but stage performances remained his top priority. He will also be remembered for teaching and nurturing many celebrated music directors and singers.

He received numerous awards, including Padma Vibhushan – India’s second highest civilian honour.

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