Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Magic of Lord Krishna

Few days back on sony tv channel a programme was shown , a real story of pandit jasraj, the great sangeet maestro, India's gift to the world.

The turning point of his true to life incidents is that when he was young enough playing the tabla, while his elder brother used to sing, Lord Krishna started visiting Pandit Jasraj in his dreams and told him to start singing for him (the lord), again after few days Lord Krishna appeared and again reminded Pandit Jasraj to start singing and told him to leave rest on him, Pandit jasraj took music lessons from his elder brother and rest is history as we know, the greatest of the musicians ever born and a gift to the world from India - PANDIT JASRAJ. Pandit Jasraj recieved various awards as under:

Sangeet Samrat by Vedic Heritage, New York. *New
Ved Shiromani - the highest Awards of Vedic Heritage of New York. *New
Param Acharya by Pandit Jasraj Institute, NY-NJ-PA. *New
Hanumant Award by Morari Bapu.
Dr Mallikarjun Mansur Award, Dhadwad.
Suryadatta Award, Pune.
Panditji opening the music college building of the Prestigious Mayo College in Ajmer.
President Kalam's letter to Panditji appreciating his music.
Panditji was given an honorary doctorate degree by Ravindrabharati University, Calcutta.
Pandit Jasraj was today honoured with the 12th Yudhvir memorial award for his outstanding contribution to classical music.
Andhra Pradesh Governor Surjit Singh Barnala presented the award to Pandit Jasraj at a function organised by the Yudhir foundation here.
Asthana Vidwan of Kanchi Kamakoti Peeth
Sangeet Kala Ratna by Shankaracharya of Kanchi. This is the highest award.
Desh Ratna
Winner of all Padma Awards
Acharya Jialal Vasant Vaggeyakar Award
"Sarva Shrestha Kala Gaurav" Award for both Pandit Jasraj & Madhura Jasraj by Sanskruti Kala Darpan
Surer Guru (W.Bengal Government Music College)
Sangeet Martand (Haryana)
Sangeet Kala Ratna (M.P.)
Swami Shri Haridas Sangeet Ratna (Brindavan, U.P.)
Sangeet Natak Academy Award (Govt. of India)
Doctorate in Music-Vishwa Unnayan Sansad, W. Bengal
Maharshtra Gaurav Puraskar
Dinanath Mangeshkar Award (Maharashtra)
Rasraj Award (Haryana)
Kala Samrat Award at the hands of Pandit Kishen Maharaj (Varanasi)
Shiromani Award, Delhi
Dr. Bhai Veer Singh International award
Allauddin Sangeet Ratna Award (M.P.)
Rajeev Gandhi Award for professional excellence.
Giants International Award
Naad-Brahma Shiromani, Ujjain
Hafiz Ali Khan Award (Gwalior)
Chinmaya Rasraj (Chinmaya Mission, Delhi)
Kalidas Sanman (M.P.) for his creative contribution to music
Naada Nidhi, Mysore
American Academy of Artists Award
Prime Minister of India Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee honouredpanditji as 'Rasraj'.(This award was given on 2nd February 2002 when he sang at Panchavati,the residence of the Prime Minister.)
Rasraj Award from Haryana :
Chinma Rasraj from Chinmaya Mission
Honoured as 'Son of Hyderabad' by Hyderabad people given by none other than Smt. M.S.Shubhalakshmiji.
Hyderabad Rotary Club gives a scholarship under his name.
He did 'Sangeet Yagna' twice. a) For the peace of Gujrat people after the earthquake on 22nd / 23rd / 24th March 2001 in Ahmedabad. b) On the 14th of October 2001 in New york in 'Pandit Jasraj Auditorium' for the peace of the New york people after the 11th September tragedy.
The Award for young artists instituted by the people of the great cultural city, Pune was a precursor to manysuch honours that followed.
A Scholarship instituted by the University of Toronto in the name of Pandit Jasraj for young deserving students of Indian music.
A Rolling Trophy instituted by the Rotary Club of Mumbai (Shivaji Park)
A concert hall of the Vedic Heritage in New York named as the 'Pandit Jasraj Auditorium', a first of its kind honour for any Indian musician.
The University of Toronto has honoured Pandit Jasraj with its highest award, 'The Distinguished Visitor Award' making Panditji the first ever to receive it in the 200-year history of the University. This also makes him a visiting Professor of its faculty for life. The award consisted of a citation and a medal crafted by the renowned Canadian sculptor, Sandra Nobel Goss.
The Harvard University Art Museum together with Kalawati (a wing of the University) of the USand the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan of London have also honoured Panditji.
He has been accorded civic receptions at Oklahoma City in the USA as also in Mumbai (Mahanagar Palika), Valsad, Nagpur, Hissar, Varanasi and Ujjain in India.
The ministry of HRD under the aegis of the Department of Culture has recently awarded Panditji with a fellowship in recognition of his great contribution to the field of music in India.
Pandit Jasraj center for art aesthetics & culture in Hyderabad.
Sangeet Sapt Sindhu by Puri Mandir, Bhubaneswar. *New
Sangeet Chakravarty by Sangeet Music College. *New

When I say this programme on Sony TV a few days back, it was really a wonder to know all this, till date as per the said programme when ever Pandit Jasraj goes to sing, before that He prays to Lord Krishna.. what a wonderful magic by the supreme Lord of all lords.