Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu said that Dr. M.S. Subbulakshmi was a legendary and iconic figure who mesmerized everyone from Mahatma Gandhi to the common man.
“I deem it a great honour to have inaugurated the exhibition on the iconic M.S. Subbulakshmi, who lives through her immortal legacy of music,” VP said.
Naidu was addressing the gathering at an event to inaugurate an Exhibition on Dr. M.S. Subbulakshmi and release a Commemorative Coin on the occasion of her Birth Centenary Commemoration.
The Vice President said that India is a land of rich cultural heritage with music in diverse genres representing the truly myriad mosaic of plurality.
“What defines India is this rich heritage of music and its unifying role in bringing people together cutting across religions, regions, castes and communities,” he said.
He also said that roots of Indian music can be traced to Vedic literature, Sama Veda in particular and as such every note and cadence associated with our ancient music systems have to be preserved and propagated. He further said that this is our bounden duty to see such cultural heritage is preserved which is given to us by our fore fathers and pass it on to the next generation.
“Dr. M.S. Subbulakshmi’s music is immortal and everyone in this country was influenced and thrilled by her music. He further said that music acquired a divine dimension when she lent her voice to various compositions. She was the first musician to be awarded Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian honour and first Indian musician to have performed at the United Nations General Assembly,” he added.
Remembering Subbulakshmi’s contributions, Naidu said that more than 200 charity concerts have been held by the classical singer and donated the royalties she had earned on devotional albums to the Tirumala temple.