Pt. Jasraj

Pandit Jasraj was born into a highly cultured family that has given to Indian music four generations of outstanding musicians. He took his initial training from his elder brother and guru, the late Sangeet Mahamahapadhyaya Pandit Maniramji. One of the most popular contemporary khayal singers, Pandit Jasraj belongs to the Mewati Gharana. Perfect diction, clarity of sur and commands over all aspects of laya are other highlights of his music. His biggest contribution to Indian music is his concept of a novel jugalbandi based on the ancient system of moorchanas, which has been so highly acclaimed that connoisseurs of music in Pune have named it Jasrangi Jugalbandi. He has sung a number of Soor Padavalis. Pandit Jasraj has been honoured by the Harvard University Art Museum in the US and has set up the Pandit Jasraj School of Music Foundation in Vancover and the Pandit Jasraj Academy of Music in New Jersey. He has received several titles and awards including the Padma Shri, Padmabhushan, Sangeet Markand, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and Rajiv Gandhi Award for Professional Excellence.