Your Excellency Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,
Ladies & Gentlemen,
It is a great honour for me to be back in Japan on my second visit as Prime Minister. The people of India have long hailed the dedication and dynamism; vigour and vitality; and achievements of the Japanese people.
There is much to learn and absorb from Japan's experience. India and Japan have long enjoyed close and friendly ties. Our societies share deep linkages rooted in the thought streams of hinduism and buddhism. We both value the need to maintain balance between economic growth and preserving our civilizational ethos.
Our relations are strengthened by common values of openness, democracy and respect for the rule of law. Today, our Special Strategic and Global Partnership is marked by a growing convergence of economic and strategic issues.
There is also a lot that we can do together as close partners, not just for the benefit of our societies, but also for the region and the whole world. Our partnership promotes the virtues of dialogue and good neighbourliness in our region.
Our capacities could also combine to respond to both, the opportunities and challenges that we jointly face in present times. And, together with the global community we can, and we must, combat the rising threats of radicalization, extremism and terrorism.
Japan has always been a valuable partner in India’s journey to economic prosperity, infrastructure development, capacity building and technology advancement. The scope and scale of our co-operation extends to diverse fields.
Our economic links continue to flourish. Trade ties continue to grow. And, Investments from Japan are on the rise. Japanese companies have much to gain by participating in our flagship development initiatives. We, in turn, have much to gain from Japan's unparalleled status as the leader in technology and innovation.
A welcome feature of our ties is the increase in contacts and co-operation between states in India and prefectures in Japan. It is a reflection of the high priority that we accord to Japan in our worldview. Our ties are nurtured by the fountain of goodwill and mutual admiration that our two peoples have for one another. And, are led most ably by the strong leadership of Excellency Abe.
My meeting with him today is the eighth one in the last two years. As we celebrate the many outcomes of our Summit meeting, I wish to express my sincere gratitude to Prime Minister Abe and the Government of Japan for the warm welcome and excellent arrangements made for me and my delegation.
Without doubt, our destinies are interlinked. The ocean waters of the Indo-Pacific that lap the coast of Japan also form the surf that breaks on the shores of India. Let us work together for peace, prosperity and development.
Ladies & Gentlemen,
May I now propose a toast:
To the continued good health and personal well-being of Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan, To the profound success of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the friendly people of Japan and each one of you present here tonight,
To the ever-lasting friendship between India and Japan,
Your Excellency Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,
The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi paid rich tribute to Pandit Jasraj on the occasion of the Jayanti of the doyen of Indian Classical Music. The Prime Minister talked of the personification of immortal energy of music by Pandit Jasraj and lauded Durga Jasraj and Pandit Shaarang Dev for keeping alive the glorious legacy of the maestro. The Prime Minister was speaking at the launch of the Pandit Jasraj Cultural Foundation via video conferencing.
The Prime Minister touched upon the vast knowledge imparted by the sages of Indian music tradition. Shri Modi said that the strength to feel the cosmic energy and ability to see music in the flow of universe is what makes Indian Classical music tradition so exceptional. “Music is a medium that makes us aware of our worldly duties and it also helps us transcend worldly attachments” the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister praised Pandit Jasraj Cultural Foundation for their goal of preserving India’s rich heritage of art and culture. He asked the Foundation to focus on two key aspects of this age of technology. Firstly, he said that Indian Music should create its identity in this age of globalisation. He said that the experience of Yoga Day has indicated that the world has benefited from Indian heritage and Indian music also has the capacity to stir the depth of the human mind. “Every person in the world is entitled to know about, learn and get benefits of Indian music. It is our responsibility to take care of that”, he said.
Secondly, the Prime Minister said that in today's era when technology’s influence is all pervasive, there should be technology and IT revolution in the field of music also. He called for startups dedicated solely to music, based on Indian instruments and traditions.
He also dwelled on recent efforts to regenerate the centres of culture and art like Kashi. The Prime Minister said that India has shown the way to a secured future to the world through its faith in environment preservation and love for nature. “In this Indian journey of development along with heritage, ‘Sabka Prayas’ should be included”, he concluded.
आज पंडित जसराज जी की जन्मजयंती के पुण्य अवसर भी है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 28, 2022
इस दिन, पंडित जसराज कल्चरल फ़ाउंडेशन की स्थापना के इस अभिनव कार्य के लिए मैं आप सभी को बधाई देता हूँ।
विशेष रूप से मैं दुर्गा जसराज जी और पंडित सारंगदेव जी को शुभकामनाएँ देता हूँ: PM @narendramodi
संगीत एक बहुत गूढ़ विषय है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 28, 2022
मैं इसका बहुत जानकार तो नहीं हूँ, लेकिन हमारे ऋषियों ने स्वर और नाद को लेकर जितना व्यापक ज्ञान दिया है, वो अद्भुत है: PM @narendramodi
आज के ग्लोबलाइजेशन के जमाने में, भारतीय संगीत भी अपनी ग्लोबल पहचान बनाए, ग्लोबली अपना प्रभाव पैदा करे, ये हम सबका दायित्व है: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 28, 2022
जब टेक्नोलॉजी का प्रभाव हर क्षेत्र में है, तो संगीत के क्षेत्र में भी टेक्नोलॉजी और आईटी का रिवॉल्यूशन होना चाहिए।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 28, 2022
भारत में ऐसे स्टार्ट अप तैयार हों जो पूरी तरह संगीत को डेडिकेटेड हों, भारतीय वाद्य यंत्रों पर आधारित हों, भारत के संगीत की परंपराओं पर आधारित हों: PM @narendramodi
विरासत भी, विकास भी के मंत्र पर चल रहे भारत की इस यात्रा में 'सबका प्रयास' शामिल होना चाहिए: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 28, 2022
आज हम काशी जैसे अपनी कला और संस्कृति के केन्द्रों का पुनर्जागरण कर रहे हैं, पर्यावरण संरक्षण और प्रकृति प्रेम को लेकर हमारी जो आस्था रही है, आज भारत उसके जरिए विश्व को सुरक्षित भविष्य का रास्ता दिखा रहा है: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 28, 2022