Minor planet named after maestro Jasraj
New Delhi: A minor planet between Mars and Jupiter has been named after Pandit Jasraj, the doyen of Indian classical vocal music.
International Astronomical Union (IAU) has named 2006 VP32 (number -300128) , discovered on November 11, 2006 , as ‘Panditjasraj’. The planet traverses the cosmos between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. “It was made official by IAU on September 23, followed by a citation,” said his daughter Durga Jasraj.
With this honour, the Padma Vibhushan recepient has become the first Indian musician to join the galaxy of immortal composers like Mozart, Beethoven and Tenor Luciano Pavarotti. “Blessed... in this honour one can experience only god’s grace,” Pandit Jasraj said from the US.
“Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj is an exponent of Indian classical vocal music. A life dedicated to music, Jasraj is recipient of many awards, honours and titles. His distinctive voice traverses remarkable four and a half octave,” the International Astronomical Union citation says.
Pandit Jasraj has become the first Indian musician to join the ranks of composers like Mozart and Tenor Luciano Pavarotti