Minor Planet named after musician Pandit Jasraj


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 Pavarotti.

 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."