ANTANANARIVO: As Jupiter and Saturn will came closest to each other in
nearly 400 years few days ago, appearing together as one bright star, Indian
diplomat-poet Abhay K has created a special video of cosmic anthems to mark the
occasion of this ‘Great Conjunction’ and December Solstice.
The video takes one on a virtual
journey across our solar system. The Cosmic Anthems include anthems on Sun,
Moon and all the eight planets in the solar system including Jupiter and
Abhay K wrote ‘Earth Anthem’, the
first anthem in this series in 2008 in St Petersburg, Russia, which was put to
music in Nepal in 2013. Since then, it has been translated into over 50
languages and performed at the National Orchestra of Brasilia and by the musicians
of the Amsterdam Conservatorium among other places.
He also penned ‘Moon Anthem’ last
year to celebrate the landing of Chandrayaan 2 on the Moon. The music for ‘Moon
Anthem’ was composed by renowned violinist Dr L Subramaniam and it was sung by
Kavita Krishnamurti. Meanwhile, the music for ‘Mars Anthem’ was composed by
Ondiko Kevin, and it was sung by Kenyan singer Kapnea. Music for the anthem for
other planets is likely to be composed by next year.
The ‘Great Conjunction’ takes place
after sunset in the south-western sky after nearly 800 years, when it can be
seen with naked eyes.
The last such conjunction seen in
1623 was not visible for most part of the Earth. The next ‘Great Conjunction’
will happen 400 years later.