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Pandit Jasraj dies at 90: Shreya Ghoshal, Deepti Naval, Javed Akhtar and others pay tribute

Several artistes, including Shreya Ghoshal, AR Rahman, Javed Akhtar, Manoj Bajpayee, Adnan Sami and Farhan Akhtar among others, paid their last respects to Pandit Jasraj.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: August 18, 2020 1:04:08 pm
pandit jasraj deadPandit Jasraj was 90. (Photo: Express Archive)

Indian classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj passed away in New Jersey on Monday. He was 90.

Pandit Jasraj’s family said in a statement, “With profound grief, we inform that Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj ji breathed his last this morning at 5:15 am EST due to a cardiac arrest at home in New Jersey, USA.”

It further read, “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. Bapuji, Jai Ho.”

Celebrities took to social media to pay tribute to the artiste and his legacy.

Shreya Ghoshal wrote that “his voice, his music had a divine power to make the audience connect with the supreme being.”

Sharing some pictures of the legendary artiste on Instagram, Shreya wrote, “This is the end of an era. Sangeet Martand #PanditJasraj ji is no more and it’s very hard to accept the loss of one of the greatest artists of this country. I have been very fortunate to have known him in this lifetime and had his blessings on me. May you rest in peace Pandit ji.”

Bandish Bandits director Anand Tiwari paid a “heartfelt shraddhanjali” to Pandit Jasraj. “I send my condolences to his family, his students, his fans and the entire world music community,” he wrote.

Deepti Naval, bidding farewell to ‘Jasraj Chacha’, wrote, “I have no words to express my grief at this sad news. It’s a monumental loss for the music world and the people of India and people all over the world whose lives you touched with your music, and with your magical voice – people who loved you with all their heart . . . There will be no replacing you! My sincere condolences to the family and all your loved ones . . . May your soul rest in peace!”

Music composer and singer Vishal Dadlani posted on Twitter, “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.”

Sharing photos, Pandit Jasraj’s granddaughter and singer Shweta Pandit wrote on Twitter, “Good bye my precious dadu. So many insanely beautiful memories you have given me.. but i have no words now #RIPPanditJasraj 🙏🏻”

AR Rahman said the Indian classical music has lost one of its shining stars.

Karanvir Bohra took to Twitter and wrote, “An end of an era #panditjasraj. Rest in peace sir.”

Singer Daler Mehndi mourned Pandit Jasraj’s demise and tweeted, “Hindustani music maestro- Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri- Pt. Jasraj passed away in the US a short while ago. India has lost another gem, one of the rarest!”

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‪I’m devastated by the news of the “Light Of Music”, our beloved Legend of Legends, Padma Vibhushan Pandit Jasraj ji’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. ‬The Moments I spent with him are one of the most cherished moments of my life. I learned so much from his music. He encouraged me so much in my music. One of the highlights of my life is him singing my composition. The musical treasure that he has left for us is immortal! ‪ He was a father figure for me.. I will miss him..🙏😢 . #PanditJasraj #legend #rip #musician #india #music #musician #legacy

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Singer-songwriter and composer Shafqat Amanat Ali remembered the time he had shared the stage with Pandit Jasraj. He wrote on Twitter, “Deeply saddened by the news of the demise of #PanditJasraj ji. Honoured to have shared a stage with him. A true legend & an affectionate human being. A monumental loss to the world of music. My condolences to his family & fans.”

Pandit Jasraj: A pictorial tribute to the classical music maestro

Screenwriter-lyricist Javed Akhtar tweeted, “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!!”

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Manoj Bajpayee, Farhan Akhtar, Dipannita Sharma, Salim Merchant, Adil Hussain among others shared their condolences on Twitter as well.

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