The death of Padma Vibhushan Pandit Jasraj has come as a shock to the whole world. The music maestro was revered all over the world, and after his death, one of the person’s closest to him, Asha Bhosle, has finally spoken up about the close bond the two used to share.
Asha Bhosle said:
I am deeply saddened by the unfortunate demise of Pandit Jasraj ji… I have lost someone who was extremely fond of me, I have lost a big brother indeed! Sangeet ka sooraj doob gaya! He was a vocalist par excellence and I knew him for so long… even before his marriage to V Shantaram’s daughter. He used to praise me a lot and he always used to say “Main tujhe gaana sikhaunga!”
Back in the day, when I had visited his classical school in the US, where he used to teach music to so many aspiring talents, I remember how I had wanted to enrol myself into his school because he was that good! On that same trip, we’d gone out for dinner, and Jasraj ji, who was a staunch vegetarian, kept requesting me to also turn vegetarian for health reasons.
I will always remember his childlike demeanor.
May his soul rest in peace!
Indeed, Pandit Jasraj was one of the best musical minds India has ever produced. He has not only made the nation proud but has represented the country in platforms where hardly ever any Indian has performed. His loss is immense and the void can never be filled up.