Renowned vocalist for the genre of Indian classical music, Panjit Jasraj breathed his last at New Jersey, US on Monday 17 August. He was 90 years old. A statement issued by his family which stated that the Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj Ji passed away at 5:15 EST because of cardiac arrest. He was residing in his home in New Jersey.
Many important dignitaries from the music industry and Bollywood personalities grieved over the loss of the legendary icon. They used their social media handles to express their condolences over the devastating news.
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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) August 17, 2020
Just heard of the passing of the Legendary #PanditJasraj Ji. My condolence to music itself, and to every musician on the planet. A truly monumental loss.
My heart goes out to my friends Jatin & Lalit Pandit, Shweta & Shraddha Pandit & of course @DurgaJasraj ji, and the family.
— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) August 17, 2020
Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj ji has left us.. his voice & music has inspired & left a deep impact on the history of Indian classical music.
Om Shanti 🙏#RIPPanditJasraj
— salim merchant (@salim_merchant) August 17, 2020
India has lost another one of her most illustrious son’s. Pandit Jasrajji’s legacy will live on. Deep respect and gratitude for his rich contributions to art 🙏🏻🪔 Condolences to his family, friends and all those he mentored.
— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) August 17, 2020
— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) August 17, 2020
— Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) August 17, 2020
Moments with him are one of the most cherished moments of my life. I learned so much from his music. He encouraged me so much. One of the highlights of my life is him singing my composition. He’s left a musical treasure for us that is immortal! I will miss him..🙏😢#PanditJasraj pic.twitter.com/lUDvd57tzy
— Adnan Sami (@AdnanSamiLive) August 17, 2020
Deeply saddened to hear abt the passing away of #Pt Jasraj.Ever since my accident in Jan 2020, Ive been waking up to the strains of #The BestofPanditJasraj n am deeply grateful 4 d solace his voice has given me over d yrs.Condolences to Durga and the https://t.co/HuaRz1Oi27
— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) August 17, 2020
#RIPPanditJasraj indian classical music has lost one of its shining stars🌹
— A.R.Rahman (@arrahman) August 17, 2020
Saddened by the demise of musical maestro Pandit Jasraj. Had the privilege to meet him a couple of times. A legend gone. May he Rest In Peace 🙏🙏🌺🌺 #RIPPanditJasraj #PanditJasraj pic.twitter.com/8Z7K4XAGLJ
— kulraj_randhawa (@kulraj_randhawa) August 17, 2020
What a big loss #PanditJasraj
— Kangana Ranaut (@KanganaTeam) August 17, 2020
He had a divine power to make the audience connect with the supreme being. This is the end of an era. Sangeet Martand #PanditJasraj ji’s no more. Very hard to accept the loss of one of the greatest artists of this country. Been very fortunate to have had his blessings on me. pic.twitter.com/9ckrlolSVG
— Shreya Ghoshal (@shreyaghoshal) August 17, 2020
The gentle maestro. The man who first introduced me to the beauty of Indian Classical Vocals. The power of his voice when he sang to his Devi, his Krishna, his Shiva. It was always a moving experience. Yes, #panditjasraj has left us. But his voice is immortal.
— Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) August 17, 2020
Pandit Jasraj belonged to the Mewati Gharana and his career spanned for over 80 years. He garnered nationwide as well as international recognition. He was also awarded the Padma Shri in 1975, Padma Bhushan in 1990 and Padma Vibhushan in 2000.
Some of his songs from movie soundtracks include ‘Vandana Karo’ from the film Ladki Sahyadri Ki (1996), ‘Vaada Tumse Hai Vaada’ from the film 1920 that came out in 2008. He also lent his voice for a piece based on ‘Ahir Bhairav’ for the 2012 internationally acclaimed film ‘Life of Pi’.