Indian music unites country by breaking social barriers: Modi

RSTV Bureau

Saying that Indian music unites the country by breaking social barriers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that music spreads the message of togetherness.

Stressing that Indian music sets the base for the country’s “Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb”, he said its majesty, magic and mystic, positively effects an individual’s thoughts. “Indian music, whether it is classical, folk or filmy, has always worked for unity in the country by breaking all social barriers,” Modi said through video conferencing at the fifth International Convention of SPIC MACAY (Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth) at IIT Delhi here. It has always spread the message of togetherness by breaking all walls of religion and caste. Our classical music is the best medium to gain peace and experience calmness, he said.

Emphasising on the relevance of Indian music and its diversity, the prime minister said, “Hindustani music of the north, Carnatic music of the south, Rabindrasangeet of Bengal, Jyoti Sangeet of Assam and Sufi music of Jammu and Kashmir, all these musical traditions set the base of our Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb.”

“Our diversity is our strength,” Modi said, adding students of one state can learn songs in other regional languages.

“Indian music will help us in realising the goal of Ek Bharat Shresth Bharat (One India, Best India),” he said.

Stressing that it is important for the younger generation to know and understand India’s rich cultural and musical heritage, the prime minister said these days the youth are less aware about Indian classical music and instruments.

“This is a matter of concern for our country, as no nation can succeed by ignoring its heritage,” he said.

“There is one type of music which will make your body move and then there is Indian music which will make your heart dance. Music is art, a livelihood. But, in Indian context, it is spirituality, a way of life,” he added.

Appreciating the efforts of SPIC MACAY in promoting Indian culture and especially music, the prime minister said that it can play a vital role in the Centre’s Ek Bharat Shresth Bharat programme.

The inaugural event was attended by Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy, Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, and MP Karan Singh.

The event, which will conclude on June 11, marks the organisation’s 40th anniversary, and will see performances by eminent artistes including Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Begum Parween Sultana, Teejan Bai, Shivkumar Sharma among others.