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"I have been recording a lot of songs during lockdown", said Palak. Pinterest

Singer Palak Muchhal recalls utilising her lockdown days performing online, judging a virtual reality show and shooting for a music video at home. She also got time to spend with her family.

“I have been recording a lot of songs during lockdown. Having a studio at home is a blessing in disguise and it’s the best thing that has happened to us. I have actually recorded more songs than often during lockdown,” the “Kaun Tujhe” fame singer told IANS.


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“Live concerts weren’t happening but we did some good virtual live concerts. That was a different experience. My recordings have been happening from my studio. I am also judging a virtual reality show and I shot a music video at home,” she added.

Apart from working, Palak also created space for personal growth during this phase.


Palak recently launched a new track, “Saiyaan”. Pinterest

“I was determined to use this time for personal growth, doing things I wouldn’t otherwise get a chance to do. Because I keep travelling, shooting and recording, I don’t get time to pursue other activities. So, I used this time in learning new things. Being with family was the best thing that happened. Being at home and introspecting kept me busy, and my work wasn’t hampered,” she added.

Palak recently launched a new track, “Saiyaan”.

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“‘Saiyaan’ is a very very special song because primarily it has been composed by my brother Palash. I’ve seen him grow in front of me. So, to be in the same studio with him, and to receive direction from him as a composer was a very emotional process for me. ‘Saiyaan’ is an inter-genre song. It is a classical rock number, and to compose a song in this genre requires a deep understanding of music and sensibility,” she shared. (IANS)


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Japan launched its new satellite, QZS-1R.

Japan has successfully launched a new navigation satellite into orbit that will replace its decade-old navigation satellite.

The satellite, QZS-1R, was launched onboard an H-2A rocket that lifted off from the Tanegashima Space Center at 10.19 p.m. on Monday night, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries said in a statement.

The company builds and operates H-2A rockets the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

QZS-1R is a replacement for Quasi-Zenith Satellite System 1 satellite first launched in 2010. “It was a really beautiful launch," the company said in a tweet after a successful lift-off.

"H-IIA F44 flight proceeded nominally. Approximately 28 minutes 6 seconds after launch, as planned, the payload separated from the launch vehicle," the statement said.

The official QZSS website lists four satellites in the constellation: QZS-1, QZS-2, QZS-3 and QZS-4, Space.com reported.

The QZSS constellation will eventually consist of a total of seven satellites that fly in an orbit passing through a near-zenith (or directly overhead) above Japan, and QZS-R1 is meant to share nearly the same transmission signals as recent GPS satellites, according to JAXA.

It is specially optimised for mountainous and urban regions in Japan, JAXA said.

Mitsubishi's H-2A 202 rocket launch system has been operational since 2003 and has sent satellites to locations such as Venus (Akatsuki) and Mars (Emirates Mars Mission).

The latest H2-A rocket launch is the first since November 29, 2020, when Japan launched an advanced relay satellite with laser communications tech into orbit, the report said. (IANS/JB)


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