Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently called Kashi the cultural capital of India. He mentioned how the city is engaged in music and arts.
He announced the same while talking at the closing ceremony of the Kashi Sansad Sanskritik Mahotsav-2023 organized at the Rudraksh International Cooperation and Convention Centre. The event also marked the inaugural ceremony of 16 Atal Awasiya Vidyalayas developed across Uttar Pradesh at a price of around Rs 1,115 crore.
Modi added that Kashi has the unique qualities to be addressed as the cultural capital of India. It is natural to say so because music is spread across each corner of the city and the city is of Lord Shiva- Nataraj himself, said Modi.
He highlighted how Lord Shiva who is the source of all art forms is the reason behind the development of arts in the city. He also noted how Kashi brings all musical instruments like Tabla, Shehnai, Sitar, Sarangi, and Veena together.
Quoting local festivals and observations, Modi said that Kashi has everything in-depth related to music and arts. He mentioned that Kashi has amazingly preserved the musical styles of Khyal, Thumri, Dadra, Chaiti, and Kajri for centuries, and also the Guru-Shishya culture.
He thanked for having the chance to interact with top musicians from the city and also mentioned how many greats in music such as the Teliya Gharana, the Piyari Gharana, and the musicians of Ramapura Kabirchowra Muhalla have left a memorable impact on the global stage.
Meanwhile on Sunday in his 105th Mann Ki Baat program, he shared motivational life journies from across India and talked about the present national developments, among others.
In this month’s Mann Ki Baat program, Modi congratulated the achievement of more than 80 lakh views on the live video of Chandrayaan-3’s successful ‘soft landing’ on the south pole of the Moon. He also talked about how the two-day G20 Summit hosted by India went successfully.
He further mentioned that during the upcoming Gandhi Jayanti on 2 October 2023, numerous cleanliness programs ‘Swachhta hi Sewa’ will be organized across the nation. He stressed the global importance of ideas of Gandhi by noting how world leaders paid homage to his memorial during the G20 Summit event.
‘World Tourism Day’, observed on September 27, also received a remark in this episode of Mann Ki Baat, for which PM Modi urged people to visit and observe the diversity of India.
Modi also examined the ‘India-Middle East-Europe-Economic-Corridor’, saying that this corridor would become the foundation of world trade, highlighting that this initiative will always be remarkable to have started on Indian soil.
For the unversed, it has been nine years since Modi has been in power, and has been communicating with the people through his Mann Ki Baat program every month. The first episode of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ was broadcast on October 3, 2014.
As the festive season is coming up like Navratri and Diwali 2023, Modi also encouraged the citizens to opt for the ideas of Made in India and vocal for local products and services.