28 January – Pandit Jasraj (1930-2020)
Pandit Jasraj was born on 28 January 1930 into a musical family which hailed from Haryana. His foray into the world of music began at a very young age when he learned both the tabla and vocal music from his older brothers. Pandit Jasraj with his rich and magical voice is regarded as the doyen of Indian classical vocal music. Interestingly, a minor planet in the asteroid belt has been named after him, and with this, he has the honour of becoming the first Indian musician to join the august group of immortal composers like Beethoven, Mozart and Pavarotti. In his 80 year-long musical career Pandit Jasraj received several national and international awards, like the Padma Bhushan (1999), and Padma Vibhushan (2000). He passed away on 17 August 2020 at the age of 90.
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