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Late Pandit Jasraj
Pandit Jasraj, the contemporary doyen of North Indian Classical Vocal Music, is an unparalleled living legend confirmed by a scholarship instituted by the University of Toronto in his name.
Born into a family that has given to Indian music four generations of outstanding musicians, the Mewati Gharana maestro, Pandit Jasraj had his initial grooming in music under his father, the Late Pandit Moti Ram. He then underwent intensive training under his elder brother and guru, the late Pandit Mani Ram.
Endowed with a rich, soulful and sonorous voice which traverses effortlessly over all three and a half octaves, Panditjiâ€™s vocalising is characterised by a harmonius blend of classic and opulent elements, projecting traditional music as an intense spiritual expression, at once chaste and densely coloured. This gives his music a very sublime emotional quality, touching the soul of the listener. He has been guided in this by his spiritual guru, late MAHARANA JAIWANT SINGHJI of ANAND, another doyen of the Mewati gharana.
He has received several titles and awards such as Padma Bhushan, Surer Guru, Sangeet Martand, Sangeet Kala Ratna, Sangeet Natak Academy Award, Doctorate in Music by Vishwa Unnayan Sansad (West Bengal), Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar, and the Dinanath Mangeshkar Award.
He has also been honored by the Harvard University art museum in the U.S.
His greatest and most original contribution in the field of Indian music is his conception of a unique and novel jugalbandi based on the ancient system of moorchanas, between a male and a female vocalist, each singing in their respective scales and different ragas at the same time. This has been well acclaimed all over India and the connoisseurs of music in Pune named it "Jasrangi Jugalbandi".
He has conducted research in Haveli Sangeet, his mentor in this genre being Baba Shyam Manohar Goswami Maharaj. Not content to remain merely a performer, he has composed beautiful bandishes and popularized them. As a Guru, he is unequalled, successfully imparting his knowledge and love of music to a number of disciples with the care and solicitude of a true teacher in the Indian tradition.