Padma Vibhushan Pandit Jasraj’s body is being brought back to India for last rites, his granddaughter Shweta Pandit said on Tuesday. The classical vocalist did in New Jersey on Monday. He was 90.

Shweta told Bombay Times in an interview, “Dadu’s body is being brought back from New Jersey and will reach Mumbai tomorrow (August 20). We need to get some permissions in place for safety during the pandemic.”

“We spoke almost every week in the last six months during the pandemic, since this was the one time when we were all at home. When the pandemic struck, he was in his New Jersey home with his students and he had to stay put there,” she added.

Shweta lives with her family in Florence, Italy and welcomed a baby girl earlier this year. She said that he chatted with her and her daughter on video call and even blessed the little virtually.