Indian music industry has mourned the loss of the classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj who died on Monday at the age of 90. Singer Rekha Bhardwaj said the ‘music world is now deserted’, while singer Kailash Kher said the late vocalist was a music genre in himself.
Mourning the loss of Pandit Jasraj, Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared a few throwback pictures with the legend on Twitter and wrote, “The unfortunate demise of Pandit Jasraj Ji leaves a deep void in the Indian cultural sphere. Not only were his renditions outstanding, he also made a mark as an exceptional mentor to several other vocalists. Condolences to his family and admirers worldwide. Om Shanti.”Rekha Bhardwaj said the music industry is deserted without him. She wrote on Twitter in Hindi, “The heart is sad. Pandit Jasraj, who was like my favorite guru since childhood, is no more! Heart is sinking !! So many childhood memories / photos going through my eyes !! Today our music world has become deserted !! #PanditJasrajJi #tribute.”
Singer Kailash Kher also wrote in Hindi on Twitter, “The pioneer of many generations in music whose conscience seemed to be from Mukharwind. The vertex of classical music, renounced the mortal body to leave for his heavenly abode, did not die but merged into the ages by becoming a music genre. #PtJasraj Parivana The end of a century. May God grant them salvation.”
Javed Akhtar wrote, “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 !!”