Voyager 2 turns 40 years old and reach historical milestone. Many people aren’t aware of Voyager 2 which was launched by NASA 40 years ago. Indian music still resonates in space. Voyager 2 has traveled around 11 billion miles. Hindustani music ‘Jaat Kahan Ho’ rendered by Surshri Kesarbai Kerker. NASA’s committee member Carl Sagan has chosen this song.
Voyager 2 was launched back in August 20, 1977. Voyager 2 carries a golden plate taking Indian music to outer space. Voyager 2 is the first ever spacecraft to travel the outer planets like Saturn, Uranus, Jupiter and Neptune. The Indian song which lasts for 3 minutes and 25 seconds is played by Voyager 2 and the meaning of the song is “we are citizens of earth and we are greeting you”.
The song also translates in some Indian languages like Hindi, Telugu, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Oriya and Urdu. The mission was a spectacular one and it continuously plays the song. NASA apponited committee. Carl Sagan’s wife tells us that Robert Brown, then executive director for the Centre For World Music in Berkeley has placed “Jaat Kahan Ho” at the top of his list of world music for outer space which was rendered by Surshri Kesarbai Kerker. This is really a proud moment for Indian music.