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Here is what Atal Bihari Vajpayee called Pandit Jasraj

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    New Delhi, Aug 17: The late Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a connoisseur of poetry and music, was a fan of the 88-year-old Hindustani classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj and called him 'Rasraj' (King of Rasas).

    Atal Bihari Vajpayee

    Pandit Jasraj disclosed this during the launch of his authorised biography, "Rasraj: Pandit Jasraj" in the US recently, author Sunita Budhiraja said.

    "Pandit Jasraj told the audience that it was Atal ji who first called him Rasraj. That was the upadhi (title) that Pandit Jasraj loves most," she told PTI.

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    Budhiraja said Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, noted Indian classical musician and 'Santoor' player told her that among all the honours and titles Pandit Jasraj has received , 'Rasraj' is the one he likes the most.

    "Atal ji lives through through the music of Pandit Jasraj and the title of my book," she said.

    While at the AIIMS, Vajpayee listened to old film music and poetry on the AIR FM Gold radio station, she said.

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    The 534-page book has incidents and anecdotes from Pandit Jasraj's life, from his tabla-playing days to his journey of becoming a renowned vocalist.

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

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