Pandit Jasraj and Madhura Shantaram with other family members during the wedding.
- Correspondence between Pandit Jasraj and Madhura Shantaram started in 1960
- V. Shantaram had asked Jasraj before the daughter's marriage – how much you earn
Popular classical singer Pandit Jasraj has passed away. At the age of 90, he breathed his last in New Jersey, America. Jasraj sang the first and only romantic song for Bollywood at the age of 78. The film was '1920' and the song was 'Vaada Tumse Hai Vaada'. The director of this film was Vikram Bhatt, while the music of the song was given by Adnan Sami. However, he has a very close association with the Hindi film industry. He was the son-in-law of legendary filmmaker V. Shantaram.
How Pandit Jasraj became son-in-law of Shantaram
- Madhura, daughter of V. Shantaram, was born in 1937. His father V. Shantaram himself was a big artist and his art was reflected in his films. He successfully used classical singing and dancing in all his films. He tried to instill some respect for the arts to all his children in his childhood.
- Madhura started learning the song from the year 1952 itself. After learning Manipuri and Bharatanatyam from Guru Vipin Singh, Madhura ji also studied Kathak from Gopikishan ji when he became 'Jhank-Jhanak Payal Baje'. Correspondence between Madhura and Pandit Jasraj started in 1960. Yogai, the niece of Pandit Jasraj, says that she was writing letters on his behalf, but he was signed by 'Chachaji' i.e. Pandit Jasraj.
- By the way, these letters were short and formal that I am going to come on such a date or how your Riyaz is going. Madhura had said – 'Once I had also told my song to Jasraj ji, which he liked.' Shantaram ji also likes Jasraj ji. Gradually, they understood that Madhura had a tendency towards him.
- Shantaram's film 'Stree' was about to be completed at that time. He thought that 'Stree' would be released first, then he would look into the matter. Madhura along with her younger sister Charusheela went to Kolkata for the release of 'Stree'.
- Once when Shantaram asked Jasraj about his earnings, it was found that he earns 200-300 rupees a month. 200-300 rupees was also very much in those days, then thousands were very big amount. Madhura says, I told my father that if I get married, I will not do otherwise.
- V. Shantaram was a very big producer-director. They thought the boy was Punjabi. Haryana was a part of Punjab at that time. What is the amount of money? He asked Maniram (Jasraj's uncle) how much Jasraj earns, then he got the same answer from there for 200-300 rupees a month. So the next question came, will income increase? The answer was that there may be less. Just Shantaram Ji found this answer honest. And he engaged Pandit Jasraj with Madhura. It is a matter of 1962.
- On March 19, 1962, Madhura Shantaram became Madhura Jasraj. V. Shantaram's daughter was married to the pomp with which she should have been. Shantaram had an elephant. A song in the film 'Navarang' – 'Are Ja Re Are Natkhat' was shot on that elephant. The elephant stood ready to welcome the guests at the wedding of Madhura-Jasraj.
Sang the first song in Bollywood for V. Shantaram
Pandit Jasraj sang the first song for Bollywood 'Vandana Karo' in the 1966 film 'Girl Shehyadri Ki', which was a hymn. The film was directed by V. Shantaram. While music was given by Vasant Desai. Apart from this, he joined a jugalbandi with Bhimsen Joshi for the 1973 film Birbal My Brother.