Indians mourn classical star, 90

The  classical singer Pandit Jasraj died on Monday in New Jersey after Covid restrictions cut off his return to India.

In a career of more than 80 years on stage, he had a late international flowring with vocal solos on the soundtrack of the 2012 movie Life of Pi.

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  • The voice on this track is not that of Jasraj. There are numerous videos of him on the Web.

    I had the privilege of hearing him give a marvelous sunrise concert in the courtyard of St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai many years ago.

    One of India’s great Hindustani vocalists.

  • After all, my favorite composers remain Bach and Beethoven. To give you an idea, if asked who I would wish to listen to, Bach, Beethoven or Pandit Jasraj, my choice would be Pandit Jasraj.

  • The voice of Pandit Jasraj is simply one of the most beautiful sounds in all music; an exquisite synthesis of air and earth projected with the fluidity of water, and the intensity of fire.

  • At 4:10 in this short tribute to Jasraj, Sadhguru explains what drew him to Indian classical music after hating it and being immersed in Western music since being a child.

    Some lovers of Western classical music, like myself, have had the good fortune to make a similar discovery, enriching our appreciation of music through exposure to another culture’s rich tradition and one that, surprising to some, resonates in a different but profound way with our Western musical sensibilities.

    We have much to be grateful for in Jasraj’s artistry, in his being one of the great interpreters of his tradition and for sharing it so generously with audiences in both India and in the West.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUpvl4Obmp8

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