Mi­nor planet named af­ter mae­stro Jas­raj

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation -

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

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