Make Indian classical music compulsory on flights: ICCR, musicians
New Delhi, December 23 (IANS): The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and musicians, singers and artists on Thursday submitted a memorandum to Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia asking him to make Indian classical or vocal and light instrumental music compulsory on flights operated by Indian companies.
“ICCR joins the brotherhood of musicians, singers and artists associated with traditional music, in demanding that playing Indian classical or vocal and light instrumental music on airplanes operated in India and also at various airports be made mandatory. for all airlines based in India, âsays the memorandum submitted to Scindia.
ICCR President Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Wasifuddin Dagar, Anu Malik, Malini Awasthi, Pandit Sanjeev Abhyankar, Shounak Abhisheki, Manjusha Patil, Kulkarni Kaushal Inamdar, Rita Ganguly and others are signatories to the memorandum.
The memorandum pointed out that the music played by most airlines around the world is the epitome of the country to which the airline belongs. âFor example, it is very likely that we will encounter Jazz in an American airline or Mozart in an Austrian airline and Arabic music in a Middle Eastern airline. However, it is extremely unfortunate and even ironic that most airlines in India – both domestic and international, rarely, if at all, play Indian music, âhe said.
The memorandum further stated: “Our music reflects our rich heritage and culture and this is one of the many things that every Indian has a reason to be truly proud of!” We urge you to look into this issue and take action for the long-needed change. “
Scindia suggested organizing traditional Indian music festivals like Litfest to promote the music.
Sahasrabuddhe said the Minister of Civil Aviation responded positively to the request to play Indian music.