Pandit Jasraj 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has paid condolences to Pandit Jasraj on his demise. 

Who was Pandit Jasraj? 

  • Born in Haryana in 1930, his musical career spanned eight decades. 
  • Many of his notable stage performances were converted into music albums. He taught music in several countries including the United States and many of his students went on to become famous musicians. 
  • Belonging to Mewati Gharana, Jasraj was introduced to vocal music by his father, and was later trained as a tabla accompanist under the tutelage of elder brother, Pandit Pratap Narayan. Jasraj began training as a vocalist at the age of 14, and his riyaz once used to last for 14 hours a day. 
  • He received several national and international awards in his career. He got Padma Shri – India’s fourth highest civilian award – in 1975; Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1987 and Padma Bhushan in 1999. In the year 2000, the government of India conferred him with Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian honour in the country. 

Planet Panditjasraj 

  • In 2019, a minor planet, between Mars and Jupiter, has been named after Pandit Jasraj. 
  • International Astronomical Union (IAU) has named minor planet 2006 VP32 (number -300128) , discovered on November 11, 2006 , as ‘Panditjasraj‘. 
  • ‘Panditjasraj’ traverses the cosmos between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. 
  • ‘Panditjasraj’ minor planet can be seen on their official website with the number 300128, his date of birth in reverse order (28/01/30). 

International Astronomical Union (IAU) 

  • The IAU is an international association of professional astronomers, at the PhD level and beyond, active in professional research and education in astronomy. 
  • Among other activities, it acts as the internationally recognized authority for assigning designations and names to celestial bodies (stars, planets, asteroids, etc.) and any surface features on them. 
  • To standardize planetary nomenclature, the IAU was assigned in 1919 the task of selecting official names for features on Solar System bodies. 
  • Planetary nomenclature, like terrestrial nomenclature, is a system of uniquely identifying features on the surface of a planet or natural satellite so that the features can be easily located, described, and discussed. 
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