Pandit Jagdish Prasad

Pandit Jagdish Prasad portrait
Pt Jagdish Prasad

Late Pandit Jagdish Prasad is Samrat‘s father and guru.
He was born around year 1937 in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, India

Jagdish Prasad (1937 – 2011) was a Calcutta-based Hindustani classical vocalist of the Patiala Gharana.

Court musician

Chakradhar Singh portrait
Raja Chakradhar Singh

He received his initial training from his father Badri Prasad, who was the court musician of the former principality of Raigarh, situated in the modern state of Chhattisgarh.

At the time of Maharajas, he was awarded himself by the principality of Raigadh at the age of 5.

Disciple of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan

Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan portrait
Bade Ghulam Ali Khan

Later he became a student of the legendary Patiala doyen Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. Under the tutelage of both, he enriched his repertoire in classical and semi-classical music. He had tremendous control over both melody (sur) as well as rhythm (lai).

“With an impressive blend of technical mastery, appealing emotional expression, craftsmanship, and a high artistic sensibility, we have in Jagdish Prasad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan Saheb’s legacy. After all, it was worth the wait!”

The Hindu, 20th march 2003


Pt Jagdish Prasad with Ravi Shankar
with Ravi Shankar

He was associated with ITC Sangeet Research Academy , and later on, he became a lecturer at the Khairagarh University in Madhya Pradesh. He is a Top grade radio artist.

Pandit-ji has performed in the major conferences held all over India and has also toured in US, Canada, UK and several parts of Europe.


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  • HMV Introduces Pandit Jagdish Prasad, LP
    Ragas : Bageshwari, Gujri Todi and thumri Bhairvin
    The gramophone EMI, 1978
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  • Musical Imagery with Ustad Nizamuddin Khan LP
    Ragas : Vachaspati, thumri
    The gramophone EMI, 1981
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  • Pandit Jagdish Prasad
    Ragas : Yaman, Sohini, Khamaj
    Swarashree, 1984
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  • Laaj Rakho Mori
    Ragas : Abhogee, Hameer
    Venus Records 1995
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  • Jagdish Prasad Pt Classical Vocal
    Ragas : Bhatiyar, Bhoop
    All India Radio Release HMV 1995
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  • Jagdish Connection : Patiala
    Raigarh Bridge
    Documentary by Rakhi Banerjee, 2009
  • Cover of Pandit Jagdish Prasad CD Dawning Dewdrops
  • Dawning Dewdrops
    Ragas : Gurjari Todi, Bhatiyar & Kafi Thumri
    Questz World, 2011
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  • Shraddhanjali (2 CDs)
    Ragas : Bageshri, Gujri Todi, Bhairavi Thumri,Vacahspati, Desh Thumri, Pahadi Thumri
    Label Saregama India 2011
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  • Jewel of jewels
    Ragas : Madhukosh, Yamaan, Thumri Khamaj
    Bihaan Music 2012
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  • The Genius of Pt Jagdish Prasad
    Ragas : Bageshri, Gujri Todi, Vachaspati, Thumri Des, Pahadi, Bhairavi
    The genius 2013
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  • Revival
    Thumri More Naina Bhar Bhar Aaye, Naina Matware Tore, Moh Layi Un Sada, Ab Ghar Aaja
    RP Sanjiv Goenka Group SaReGaMa 2015
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    The story of a song by Shubha Mudgal, 2011 –

    A touching tribute by Dr Kashyap Dave M.D, 2011 –

    His master’s voice – The Hindu 2003


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