Legendary commentator Jasdev Singh, who won millions of admirers with his running commentary in Hindi on sports and other events, passed away here on Tuesday.
He was 87. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter .
Jasdev Singh was suffering from dementia and old age-related ailments for quite some time. He breathed his last at his residence here this morning, sources close to the family said.
Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore condoled the death of Jasdev Singh.“It is with deep sadness that I note the demise of Sh Jasdev Singh, one of our finest commentators. A veteran of @AkashvaniAIR & @DDNational, he covered 9 Olympics, 6 Asian Games & countless Independence Day & Republic Day broadcasts,” the minister tweeted.
Jasdev Singh joined All India Radio, Jaipur in 1955, and moved to Delhi in 1963 and thereafter he moved to Doordarshan, where he worked for over 35 years and brought an entirely new dimension and flavour to Hindi commentary.
In 1975, India won the Hockey World Cup in Malaysia and after their return the team led by Ajit Pal Singh was felicitated by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at her residence. Jasdev Singh, who did live commentary of the World Cup for All India Radio, was also invited for that function. On seeing Jasdev Singh, Mrs Gandhi went to him and said “Aap ne tou hamare dilon ke dadkaney bada di thi” (You had amplified our heartbeats with your fast paced commentary).
Fellow commentator Anupam Ghulati paying his tribute to Jasdev Singh said ”He was an Institution who became a role model for most of the young Hindi commentators."
Veteran sports journalist Jagannath Rao described Jasdev Singh as “a commentator with mellifluent voice” which moved millions of Indians.
Jasdev Singh was a regular at the Olympic Games and covered nine editions of the quadrennial extravaganza from Helsinki (1968) to Melbourne (2000), apart from covering Asian Games, World Cups and Davis Cup.
In 1988, during the Seoul Olympics, he was conferred with “Olympic Order” by then International Olympic Council chief Juan Antonio Samaranch for his role in spreading the Olympic movement.
He was honoured by the Government with the Padma Shri in 1985 and with the Padma Bhushan in 2008.
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