Kutch to be developed as the Tourism Capital of Gujarat - Hon'ble CM

Published By : Admin | January 20, 2011 | 05:50 IST
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Chief Minister Narendra Modi today expressed his resolve to develop Kutch as the Tourism Capital of Gujarat, making all efforts to attract at least one lakh tourists with many more features during 2011.

Enthused by the positive response from the visitors during the Rann Utsav, especially the visitors’ first choice for stay in traditional ‘Bhunga’ rather than tents, he said the vast expanse of this westernmost district has opened up new avenues of tourism-related job opportunities.

Mr. Modi was speaking during the lunch break of the BJP Executive Committee meeting being held in Kutch to take stock of the good work done by the karmayogis of the district administration during the Rann Utsav.

He suggested starting beach adventures in the sparkling white sands of the Rann, setting up handicrafts village, resort at the foothill of Kala Dungar, combining Rann Utsav with the Kite Festival, training local youth in hospitality management as tourist guides, elocution and essay competition in schools and colleges.

He also suggested that Border Security Forces allow tourists view and take pictures of the tanks, bunkers and other features on the India-Pakistan border. He said the Shyamji Krishna Verma Memorial, Sand Sculpture Township and sea beach at Mandvi have already changed the face of the region.

Those present on the occasion included Minister of State Vasanbhai Ahir, Collector Thennarsan, and senior officers of the district police and development offices.

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“Music is a medium that makes us aware of our worldly duties and it also helps us transcend worldly attachments”
“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”
“In today's era when technology’s influence is all pervasive, there should be technology and IT revolution in the field of music also”
“Today we are regenerating our centers of art and culture like Kashi”

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.