In Pictures: Pandit Jasraj's mortal remains arrive in Mumbai, last rites today

Updated: 20 August, 2020 09:38 IST | Anshul Vipat
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    The mortal remains of legendary Indian classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj (90) reached Mumbai on Wednesday from New Jersey in the US where he had passed away following a cardiac arrest on Monday. The mortal remains were taken to the family residence in Versova in Andheri West. It was received by his wife Madhura, daughter Durga, son Sharang and grandchildren. (All pictures: Yogen Shah)

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    Speaking to IANS, family spokesperson Pritam Sharma said that the mortal remains will be kept for a final glimpse on Thursday morning in the building compound to enable his fans and others to pay their last respects. Later, Pt Jasraj will be accorded a funeral with full state honours at the Vile Parle Crematorium in the afternoon.

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    Pt Jasraj breathed his last in New Jersey on Monday, plunging the world of music into a pall of gloom. Born in 1930, the exponent had seen the evolution from pre-Independence era, from Maharajas as the biggest patrons of classical music to the 1950s and 1960s when All India Radio was pivotal in shaping one's career.

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    His training as a vocalist began at an early age and for his immense contribution to the world of music, he was awarded the Padma Shri in 1975, the Padma Bhushan in 1990, Bharat Ratna Bhimsen Joshi Classical Music Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013, and Marwar Sangeet Ratna Award in 2014. In the year 2000, Pandit Jasraj was conferred the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian honour.

    (In picture: Pandit Jasraj's family members receiving his mortal remains).

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    A rich career behind him, with his performances of classical and semi-classical vocals becoming albums and film soundtracks, he felt fortunate to belong to a generation which had and continued to witness exciting times in classical music. Pandit Jasraj was a force to reckon with in the country’s music space. The artiste extradonaire even had a minor planet named after him in 2019.

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    His death was condoled by President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several Bollywood celebrities. Singer Asha Bhosle said, "I am deeply saddened by the unfortunate demise of Pandit Jasraj ji. I have lost someone who was extremely fond of me, I have lost a big brother. Sangeet ka sooraj doob gaya (the sun of music has set). He was a vocalist par excellence and I knew him for so long, from even before his marriage to V Shantaram's daughter. He used to praise me a lot and he always used to say, 'main tujhe gaana sikhaunga (I will teach you how to sing)".

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    Singer Rekha Bhardwaj also mourned the loss of Pandit Jasraj. "You didn't need to understand classical music to enjoy his performance because it flowed in such a way that people would forget everything else. His voice was divine and mystical", said the singer. Pankaj Udhas also penned a heartfelt note and expressed his thoughts on his death.

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The mortal remains of legendary Indian classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj (90) reached Mumbai on Wednesday after which it was taken to the family residence in Versova in Andheri West. The mortal remains were received by his family members. We have pictures.

First Published: 20 August, 2020 07:56 IST