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Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke on phone today to Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, CEO of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, to congratulate him on assumption of office.

Prime Minister recalled Dr. Abdullah Abdullah`s long association with India and his immense contribution to peace, progress and unity of Afghanistan. He lauded the wisdom and sagacity of the people and leadership of Afghanistan in ensuring a historic and peaceful political transition which would enable them to more effectively address the challenges of terrorism and extremism.

Prime Minister expressed confidence that under the able leadership of Dr. Abdullah, Afghanistan will move ahead on the path of peace, prosperity and development. He assured Dr. Abdullah of India’s full support to the Government and people of Afghanistan in their efforts to build a strong, peaceful, inclusive, prosperous and democratic Afghanistan.

Dr. Abdullah expressed gratitude for PM`s message of congratulation. He also congratulated Prime Minister on his resounding victory in the elections and wished him success in leading India in its emergence as a global power. He said that the Government and people of Afghanistan have always looked to India as a friend and that he looks forward to working closely with the Prime Minister in the coming years.

Prime Minister reiterated his invitation to Dr. Abdullah to undertake a visit to India. Dr. Abdullah said that he looked forward to meeting the Prime Minister soon.

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PM’s address at the launch of Pandit Jasraj Cultural Foundation
January 28, 2022
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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.