PM Modi meets a delegation from Sangeet Natak Akademi

NEW DELHI(ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday met a delegation of artistes from the Sangeet Natak Akademi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a meeting with a delegation of artistes from Sangeet Natak Akademi in New Delhi on Saturday. PTI

Pandit Birju Maharaj, Vishwamohan Bhatt, Ajoy Chakravarty, Aruna Sairam and Atul Tiwari were part of the delegation along with Shekhar Sen, Chairman of the Sangeet Natak Akademi who was also present in the meeting.

“We discussed that music and dance must be developed from an earlier age and the Prime Minister agreed on promoting art and culture including classical dance. He also agreed that music must be actively taught in all schools in their respective languages,” Pandit Birju Maharaj told ANI after the meeting.

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I want to congratulate the Sangeet Natak Akademi for their creativity & efforts to promote Indian music & culture. 

He expressed contentment after the talks with the Prime Minister saying he was satisfied that their message had been conveyed.

“We conveyed that a special awareness was needed about cultural icons from different countries and our younger generation must grow up with the knowledge of music and art,” Maharaj added.

Speaking to ANI, Grammy-winning Hindustani classical music instrumentalist Vishwamohan Bhatt said that awards given to an individual should be respected and not returned.

Had an insightful interaction with a delegation of members from Sangeet Natak Akademi.

“Made a few suggestions to the PM about how to keep the arts alive. PM Modi said that our thoughts match his and was very receptive of our thoughts. Politics not to be mixed with awards. Awards given to individual for their excellence, must respect it.”