"My Guruji, Pandit Jasraj is a pleasant and
luminous personality. His singing is an experience, which makes you, at
once, happy and introspective. As a singer he is like the effulgent sun
that has illuminated my musical path. As a human being his affection for
me has been like the soft, cool caress of the moon. I remain ever grateful
to God who has blessed me with such a guru."
grandfather used to make me listen to a lot of classical music of a lot
of artists. The long-playing record of Mamaji, which he had brought (Bhimpalas
and Sudh Sarang), was my favourite and my first acquaintance with his
music which later on was to mould my life and destiny.
I'm totally indebted to Mamaji, my Guruji, for what I'm today. I'm fortunate
to have been introduced to vast audiences all round the world as his accompanist.
Every concert has been a learning process and an experience revealing
to me many new shades of his music, also bringing with it a new awareness
hitherto unknown to me and making me delve into deeper realms of the ocean
of his divine music.
My only prayer is that my guru's blessings remain with me forever and
help me acheive my dream of singing his music through my violin just like
my aunt Rajam did thereby immortalising her guru Pt. Omkarnath Thakur.
On a personal footing he has been the father that I haven't had since
I was a teenager. What more could I ask for! Pranam Mamaji. Jaiho!"
He is not only my uncle and my music Guru, but his role in my life has
gone even beyond. As a teacher he has guided my entire personality as
a human being. He has helped me develop my life's philosophy from every
angle, and has put me in touch with the heights of divinity which, as
a humble student of Guruji shall remain my lifelong pursuit.
Sougat and Chandra Bannerjee:
"Guruji's music is no less than the manifestation of the Divine.
Just as he himself realises God through his singing, his audience too
is given the privilege to share in that ecstasy."
"I love his love for music"
"Guruji, for me is the divine expression of music"
"I had heard about God but now I can feel his presence. I perceive God,
within Guruji. His blessings will lead me through life."
I wish to put it down with all reverence that I owe my musical existence
to Pujya Guruji. His tutelage is very much comparable to that of a relationship
between a father and son. I feel very fortunate and honoured to have become
"Guruji, Matarani Ki Kripa Se Aap Ko Meri Umar Lag Jaye"
Jai Mata Di.
Our respected Guruji, PANDIT JASRAJJI, is a living legend and a milestone
in the field of Indian Classical music. Though he has been showered with
innumerable honors epithets, most precious to him is RASRAJ,
which his fans and connoisseurs have lovingly bestowed on him.
Guruji as a human being is extremely lovable and respectable. He is always
keen to impart treasures of his knowledge to his students. He is always
very keen to teach us, through his behaviour many things e.g: (a) Shuddha
Mudra, Shuddha Baani (b) Pure Text (c) Supreme devotion for music (d)
Respect for elderly and learned musicians and (e) Not to criticize any
of the artists. Many teachings like these reflect his constant endeavuor
to mould his students into accomplished musicians as well as good persons.
He strongly feels, and says, that the future of music is very safe in
the hands of the newer generation. This faith of his generates tremendous
amount of confidence in us and also inspires us to do something worthwhile.
We are extremely proud to be the disciples of such a great personality
and we are also proud of our Mewati Gharana. Our Guruji dreams of our
Mewati Gharana illuminating in future also. We, his, disciples, shall
work hard to fulfill his dreams and try to give musical and aesthetic
satisfaction to the listeners. This can be possible only with his blessings
Prasad S.Dusane :
During my training by the Guruji I have found the following....
"Panditji's renderings are very close to Lord Krishna and Mata Kali.
He becomes one with the Divine. I am one way lucky person to have found
him as my Guruji. I have felt the same affection and respect for him as
much as for my own mother."
Golden Jubilee of Pandit Jasrajs Career
Celebration on June 2, 2002
Arsh Vidya Gurukulam, Saylorsburg, PA
Career Started 50 Years Ago
On June 20, 1952 in Khatmandu, Nepal, Pandit Jasrajaji began his journey
as an artist. He performed in the Raj Darbar of King Tribhuvan Vikram
of Nepal, at the age of 22. His mastery as a great vocalist of the Indian
Classical Music World has flourished throughout last 50 years. Pandit
Jasrajaji has offered the greatest gift of his music to the music world
around the globe. He has been performing for good causes all over the
world. With his music, he is trying to bring all the religions, cultures,
and races of the world together.
Planning of Celebration
Pandit Jasrajs disciple Triptiji Mukharji, and his niece Mrs. Asha
Kumta created an idea of the celebration. Ms. Tripti Mukherjee immediately
began planning of the Golden Jubilee celebration. She received full support
from Gurujis disciples Mukesh Desai and Suman Ghosh. Celebration
took place on Sunday June 2, 2002 on the last day of Gurujis workshop
to the Pandit Jasraj School of Music Foundation (PJSMF) students..
The first decision was to give Guruji a surprise, absolute surprise! Pandit
Jasrajaji was totally surprised, and emotionally speechless at first!
This was the Golden Jubilee of Gurujis complete commitment and devotion
to the God and to the music.
Event took place at Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, a holy place in Saylorsburg,
PA. It is a temple with a very peaceful environment, a perfect hall for
celebration, and an excellent facility, staff, and volunteers.
Chief guest (Guest of Honor) was Ms. Shashi Tripathi (her new title
now - High Commissioner at Canada), who her self is a very good singer.
Ms. Tripathi gave a great honor to Pandit Jasrajaji, mentioning in her
speech, that British took precious treasures from India. They even took
Kohinoor ! But look what we still have, the greatest and most valuable
hero! Ms. Tripathi wished Pandit Jasraj all the best under the sky!
Arsh Vidya Gurukulam
Sri Sudhatma, and Mr. Ashok Chhabra of Arsh Vidya Gurukulam welcomed Guruji
on behalf of Swami Dayananda Saraswati, and invited Guruji to consider
the place as his home.
The students of PJSMF came from NY, NJ, PA, MD, Washington, D. C., Florida,
Ohio, Georgia, Michigan etc. to honor the great soul, the great artist,
their beloved Guruji!
As soon as Pandit Jasrajaji entered the hall, he realized what was going
on. He first walked straight to the God Dakshinamurti (form of Shiva),
performed the prayers, and then began the ceremony. Pandit Jasrajaji was
welcomed and honored with tears of happiness, flowers, and Mewati Gharana
welcoming song by the students. The atmosphere at that time was very emotional.
Tribute to Guruji
Students sang in a group, Gurujis favorite Pooja in Mewati Gharana.
This was Lasat Seer Chandra for Mata Mahakali. He told the
audience that this is the prayer he sings every morning, and when he heard
all the students singing in one voice, he noticed and felt
the spirituality and power this prayer offers.!
Mukeshji Desai performed Raag Bhimpalaasi in Teen Taal in offering of
love to Guruji for this occasion. Guruji was touched, and was very generous
in appreciating the performance.
Triptiji and Sumanji Ghosh offered Guruji his own creation to him for
this occasion. The most famous creation of Pandit Jasraj, Jasrangi
Jugalbandhi. When the first time it was played in Pune in 1991, the audience
gave it this official name. Triptiji and Sumanji offered this Jasrangi
Jugalbandhi to Guruji in their divine voice.
The importance and beauty of the performance of Jasrangi Jugalbandhi
at the Golden Jubilee celebration is that it was performed for the first
time outside of India. BY HIS OWN DISCIPLES, and AS A GIFT TO HIM! Guruji
was touched by this outstanding performance!
The students and the disciples honored their Guruji by offering some gifts,
including a shawl, a grandfather clock as a plaque, and a frame of Students
statements for Guruji.
Aditya Banerjee's web site is www.musicbengal.com
and it was inaugarated by Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj ji on 12th july
at music world kolkata.
Please Note: The offerings
here are put in as and when they reach us and are not in any particular