Fans paid tribute to famous classical singer Pandit Jasraj in America
New York. Pandit Jasraj , the sage of Hindustani classical music to AmericaHis fans paid tribute to him and recalled his gentle nature, saying it was an irreparable loss to India and its cultural heritage. Pandit Jasraj, who was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, breathed his last on Monday morning in New Jersey, USA. His body will be sent to Mumbai on Tuesday afternoon. The Consulate General of India in New York is helping to make necessary arrangements. Alok Kumar, former president of the US Federation of Indian Associations (Overseas Organization), paid tribute to the veteran artist at the Hindu funeral home in Highland Park, New Jersey. Kumar said that a large number of people had gathered there to pay homage to Pandit Jasraj. Keeping in mind the rule of maintaining social distance in view of covid-19, however, fewer people were allowed to go to the funeral home. Kumar said, "We will all miss the great figure of music. It is surely the end of an era of Indian classical music." With the demise of Pandit Jasraj, we have lost the gamut of classical music. ”Hari, a disciple of Pandit Jasraj, said that everyone is still shocked and trying to recover from this news.
Alka Aneja of New Jersey recalled the moments she spent with Jasraj, who was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, stating that she was a guru and great figure, but her humanity, kindness and generosity were unique. FIA Chairman Ankur Vaidya recalled several conversations with Pandit Jasraj that he was a "very inspiring and fascinating person". 90-year-old Pandit Jasraj has been in New Jersey since the lockdown due to the corona virus epidemic. He is survived by wife Madhura, musician son Sharang Dev and daughter Durga Jasraj. Pandit Jasraj was honored with Padma Vibhushan (2000), Padma Bhushan (1990) and Padma Shri (1975) in his musical journey of more than eight decades. In September last year, a planet in the Solar System was named after him and he became the first Indian artist to receive this honor.
The International Astronomical Union (IAU) named Minor Planet 2006 VP 32 (Number 300128) after Pandit Jasraj, which was discovered on 11 November 2006. Pandit Jasraj, who celebrated his 90th birthday in January this year, performed on Hanuman Jayanti on April 9 for the Sankatmochan Hanuman Temple in Varanasi via Facebook Live. Apart from this, he also participated in his daughter and producer Durga's musical web series 'Jubilee' which is being held on social media during the lockdown.