Pandit Jasraj passes away at 90

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Pandit Jasraj. (Source: Twitter)
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Indian classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj passed away on Monday at the age of 90. He had a miscal career of 80 years and he was a recipient of various prestigious awards and honours including Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan.

Pandit Jasraj belonged to Mewati Gharan and was introduced to vocal music by his father and he was later trained as a table accompanist under the tutelage of elder brother, Pandit Pratap Narayan.

He used to riyaz for 14 hours a day once. He will be remembered for adding elements of the thumri to the khayal.

A minor planet between Mars and Jupiter was named after him last year. Minor planet 2006 VP32 (number -300128), discovered on November 11, 2006 was named ‘Panditjasraj’ by International Astronomical Union (IAU).

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