This is the biggest achievement of my life that I got from Pt Jasraj ji only from my youth. My first association with him was in Patna. At that time there was a grand durga puja in Patna, which had the singing of Pandit Jasraj and I had the opportunity to accompaniment on the harmonium. I was only 24-25 years of age at the time and this was the first time in which I saw Saj getting absorbed in voice. As soon as he heard their voice, they used to get scared.
Panditji’s big name was, he was as simple and inspiring person by nature. In a few minutes of dialogue, hesitation began to break down and the music became automatic with singing. After Patna, I got the stage as a blessing with him many times. In Prayag Sangeet Samiti, in Varanasi. He was a seeker and as soon as his voice echoed, the audience used to go into the void.
His voice used to be interviewed by nature
In 1992, at that time, an organization called North South Cultural Organization used to organize a large cultural program in Rabindralaya, Lucknow. Pandit Jasraj’s singing fascinated people here. I had my last accompaniment to him at the Sankat Mochak ceremony in Varanasi three years ago, whose memory strikes me even today at the age of 72. His voice used to be interviewed by nature.
Panditji’s departure is like a black shadow for the artists of the music world, which has shocked everyone. This trauma will continue to hurt for many days. Maybe lifelong … He was a sacred pillar of music..Manget Martad … with his voice will always resonate in the hearts and minds of people. He hoisted classical music all over the world and the music world will continue to be inspired and moved by his singing.