Indian Embassy and B.P. Koirala India-Nepal Foundation organized a musical evening - "An evening with Pandit Jasraj", an eminent Indian classical vocalist of India, on Sunday at Army Officers' Club, Sundhara.
According to a press release of Indian Embasy, the chief guest - President of Nepal Dr. Ram Baran Yadav and Indian Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae jointly inaugurated the event by lighting the oil fed lamp.
Recipient of the coveted Padma Vibhusan, Pandit Jasraj was accompanied by his disciples Pandit Rattan Mohan Sharma on vocal support, Pandita Tripti Mukherjee on harmonium and vocal support, Aditya Banerjee on Tabla and Modhumita Sabata and Anjula Sharma on tanpura.
The group performed various classical bhajans in enthralling classical music forms like Khayal, Bandish, Tarana, Dhrupad and Tappa. President Dr.Yadav presented token of appreciation to the artists after their performances.
Padma Vibhushan Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj ji is an exemplary Hindustani classical vocalist and the foremost exponent of the Mewati Gharana. Pandit Jasraj is blessed with a rich, soul-stirring, sonorous voice that traverses effortlessly across three-and-a-half octaves. His vocalizing is in perfect diction and clarity, a trademark of the Mewati Gharana's style of Khayal.
His greatest contribution to Indian classical music is perhaps his conception of a unique and novel jugalbandi, styled on the ancient system of Moorchanas between a male and a female vocalist, each singing in their respective scales and different ragas at the same time. In his honor, this legendary jugalbandi is known asThe Jasrangi. He has also done extensive research in Haveli Sangeet.