After leaving many enchanted with his sonorous voice, the 89-year-old living legend and maestro - Pandit Jasraj, showcased his journey in a never seen before show with ‘Golden Voice Golden Years: Pandit Jasraj’. In this unique concert, Pandit Jasraj took each of the large audience gathered there, on his musical memoir from ‘Jasraj’ to ‘Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj’.
Known for his voice, presentation of rare ragas, unique bandishes and his innovations, Pandit Jasraj’s journey is nothing short of inspiring to one and all. For music lovers today, Pandit Jasraj is a reminder of the highest standard of musical performance, attained through years of rigorous riyaz and talent beyond par.
Conceptualized by his daughter – Dugra Jasraj, the musical performance was divided into various segments that took one through the most important turning points of Pandit’s journey – right from his first exploration at a radio station in Kolkata to becoming one of the most celebrated music maestros in the world!
Each segment showcased an audio-visual clip and was followed by a live musical performance right from students of Pandit Jasraj School of Music Foundation to Anup Jalota and A unique Tabla Symphony ‘Raagas on Tabla’ – Composer Kedar Pandit to Dr. L Subramaniam.
The last segment of the biography completed the submission of Pandit Jasraj at the feet of the Lord, with a live musical performance by the virtuoso himself!
The event was graced by renowned celebrities like Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Naseerudhin Shah, Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Ratna Pathak Shah, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Alka Yagnik, Jatin-Lalit, Anand-Milind, Anuradha Paudwal, Jaspinder Narula, Suchitra Krishnamurty, Bela Shende, Kuldeep Singh, Jasvinder Singh and many more.
Talking about the biography, Pandit Jasraj said, “Jai ho! At this stage in life, I realize that I know nothing and I will never know anything. I have surrendered everything and whatever I am today is because of the Almighty God.”
Adding to that, Durga Jasraj said, “This musical journey was an experience of a lifetime. His journey has been so inspirational and it is my pleasure to present it on a platform to his fans and audience. It is delightful to know that we have achieved it successfully with the event - Golden Voice Golden Years.”
The event was held at Shanmukhananda Hall in Mumbai Recently.
Those of you who have been around from the 1960's through the 1990's will remember the vibrant live music scene in almost every starred hotel in India. Those were the days when you walked into a nightclub like 'Rendezvous' at The Taj Mahal hotel and 'Supper Club' at the Oberoi Sheraton in Mumbai to see curtains going up on a band that was the prime focus of these outlets. Every seat in these restaurants allowed an unobstructed view of the band that performed every night on resident contracts. Today all this has disappeared thanks to some ridiculously high entertainment taxes on live music. Today, non off these hotels have complete bands playing save for a few that feature small duos or solo singers. The Lodhi in New Delhi, recently listed among the world's best hotels, decided to step in and rewind to the good old days. They got Goa's premier jazz quartet 'Jazz Junction' to move to Delhi on a resident contract and the decision has paid off in terms of footfalls generated by the band. Jazz Junction featuring singer Daniella Rodrigues, pianist Tony Dias,
bassist Colin D'Cruz and drummer Angelo Colasco began playing at The Lodhi in June 2018. Four months into the contract the band generated a sizeable following, with quite a few high profile guests choosing to celebrate their special occasion at the Elan bar where the band performs. Against all odds the rewind option proved to be a huge success and hopefully other properties around the country takes the cue to trigger a whole new revival of live music.