Today is 90th Birthday of Legendary Hindustani Classical Vocalist Padma Vibhushan Pandit Jasraj (28 January 1930)
Pandit Jasraj (born 28 January 1930) is an Hindustani Classical Vocalist belonging to the Mewati gharana of Hindustani Classical Music.
Pandit Jasraj was born in Village Pilimandori in erstwhile Hisar district of Haryana (now Fatehabad district)in a middle class family to Motiram, a Classical Singer, on 28 January 1930. His family performed the Mewati gharana style. Motiram died in 1934 when Jasraj was four, on the day he was to be appointed as the state musician in the court of Osman Ali Khan.
Jasraj was initiated into vocal music by his father. He received training from his elder brother, Maniram, and later from Maharaja Jaywant Singh Waghela and Ustad Gulam Kadar Khan of Mewat Gharana. In addition, he trained under Swami Vallabhdas of the Agra Gharana. In 1960, when Jasraj went to visit Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan in hospital, Khan asked him to become his disciple, but Jasraj declined saying that he could not accept Khan's tutelage since he was already Maniram's disciple.
Jasraj's vocal range extends three-and-a-half octaves and uses precise diction, a trademark of the Mewati gharana's style of khayal. He has also done extensive research in Haveli Sangeet under Baba Shyam Manohar Goswami Maharaj to create numerous innovative bandish(composition). His awards include: Padma Vibhushan in 2000, Padma Bhushan in 1990, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1987, Sangeet Kala Ratna, Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Award, Lata Mangeshkar Puraskar, Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar, Surer Guru, Swathi Sangeetha Puraskaram in 2008, SVN MEMORIAL NATIONAL AWARD (SREE RAMASEVA MANDALI TRUST ) 2009, Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship in 2010, Marwar Sangeet Ratna Award, Samagana Matanga Award in 2012 and many others.
On his birthday, Swarveni Music Academy pays rich tributes to the legend.
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