South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

Hindustani Classical vocal concert


Regular: $50/$35/$20

Students/Seniors: $40/$25/$10

Free for ICMCA members


Phone: 512-448-6740/E-mail: (go to for information about Pt. Jasraj)

Sat, November 1, 2008 | Texas School for the Deaf 1102 South Congress, Austin, TX 78704

6:00 PM

The contemporary doyen of North Indian vocals, Sangeet Martand Pandit (Pt.) Jasraj is a living legend in his own lifetime. He is widely recognized as the foremost exponent of the ‘Mewati’ style, a style that emphasizes the lyrical and the emotional content in classical music.

Born in a family that has given to Indian classical music four generations of outstanding musicians, the Mewati maestro had his initial grooming in music under his father, late Pandit Motiram. He then underwent intensive tutelage under his elder brother and guru, the late Pandit Maniram. He has also been guided in this by his spiritual guru, late Maharana Jaiwant Singhji of Anand, another doyen of the Mewati gharana.

Endowed with a rich, soulful and sonorous voice which traverses effortlessly over three and a half octaves, Panditji’s vocalising is characterized by a harmonious blend of classic and opulent elements, projecting traditional music as an intense spiritual expression, at once chaste and densely colored. This gives his music a very sublime emotional quality, touching the soul of the listener. Perfect diction, clarity in notes and extreme tunefulness, command in all aspects of laya (rhythm), choice of composition and interplay of the notes with the words to evoke the desired mood and feeling are other highlights of this Pandit Jasraj’s music. This sensitivity together with the pure classical approach has given his singing a lyrical quality, which is the quintessence of the Mewati style of singing.

One of Panditji's great contribution to Indian classical music is his conception of a unique and novel jugalbandi (duet), styled on the ancient system of Moorchana (tonic transposition), between a male and a female vocalist, each singing different ragas in their respective scales, while interweaving them into a wondrous whole. He has also created hundreds of compositions and many new ragas.

Pandit Jasraj is among the most felicitated contemporary Hindustani musicians. His awards include the Padma Vibushan (the second highest civilian honor in India) in 2000, the title of Sangeet Martand (The Sun of Music), Sangeet Kala Ratna, Sangeet Natak Academy Award, Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar, and Dinanath Mangeshkar Award.

Sponsored by: The Indian Classical Music Circle of Austin (ICMCA)

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