Pandit Jasraj’s biography to release in India in August

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New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) An authorized biography of the 88-year-old Hindustani classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj, by Hindi poet Sunita Budhiraja, is set to formally launch in India in August after its US launch, publisher Vani Prakashan said.

The 534-page book, “Rasraj: Pandit Jasraj”, has incidents and anecdotes from his life, from the time of his birth to his tabla-playing days and his journey when he became a renowned vocalist in Hindustani Classical music.

It is available online on e-commerce sites Flipkart and Amazon, priced Rs 2,400 for the hardcover and Rs 895 for the paperback versions.

The Mewati-gharana music maestro was awarded the Padma Shri in 1975, the Padma Bhushan in 1990 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2000.

“Rasraj: Pandit Jasraj” is the literary culmination of years of interactive sessions with the maestro, his disciples all over the world, his family and friends.

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Budhiraja has previously authored “Saat Suron ke Beech” containing informal and personal long interviews with legends of Indian music — Ustad Bismillah Khan, Pandit Kishan Maharaj, Panditt Jasraj, M. Balamuralikrishna, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Pandit Birju Maharaj and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia.

–IANS

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