A minor planet 2006 VP32 (number -300128),
discovered on November 11, 2006, has been named after Indian vocal singer Pandit
Jasraj. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) is named ‘Panditjasraj’. The recipient of Padma Vibhushan becomes the first Indian musician to join
the galaxy of immortal composers like Mozart, Beethoven and Tenor Luciano
joined the galaxy of immortal composers like
Mozart, Beethoven and Tenor Luciano Pavarotti.
‘Panditjasraj’ minor planet can be seen on
their official website with the number 300128, the musical maestro’s date of
birth in reverse order (28/01/30).
“It was made official by IAU on
September 23, followed by a citation,” his daughter Durga Jasraj told PTI.
“Blessed… in this honour one can
experience only god’s grace,” Pandit Jasraj said from the US.
The citation says, “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.”