by Peter Aaron
Also known as Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj, the singer is a fourth-generation exponent of the Mewati gharana, one of the most prominent Hindustani clans of classical music apprenticeship. (His father, Pandit Motiram, was a noted Mewati musician himself.) Jasraj has a formidable three-and-a-half-octave range, and performs in the modal and heavily improvised style called khayal. Here he is, doing exactly that, on a transcendental live rendition of “Raga Purvi”:
Pandit Jasraj will perform at 51 Muktanada Marg in Walden, New York, on July 5 at 7pm. The concert will be followed by a serving of authentic Indian snacks and other refreshments. Donations are requested. For further information, call (845) 778-1008 or visit www.shantimandir.com.