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Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today described Padma Vibhushan Kathak exponent Pandit Birju Maharaj’s six-decade long relentless effort towards leading a life fulfilled ‘one life for one mission’.

Felicitating the maestro at a glittering function attended by connoisseurs of music and dance here, Mr. Modi said that Indian dance forms have for ages been one step ahead of the yoga – interlinking body, mind, heart and soul.

He said that India has a rich heritage of classical dance forms, but remained restricted to Raj gharanas owing to India’s 1,200 years of period of slavery, connecting most dance forms to divinity, spiritualism. It met its worst period during the British rule It survived as divine dance around temples, performed at the prayer halls in the temple precincts.

Mr. Modi said that we Indians should be proud of inheriting unique music and dance forms from our ancestors, befitting different occasions for every hour, extending from dawn to dust to dawn. Today, yoga has achieved its somewhat due place in the world due to its manifold utilities to solve many modern-day problems as well. While Western music moves the body; Indian music touches the heart. It should be the mission of our society also to protect and promote

Mr. Modi also released Birju Mishra’s poetry collection, titled ‘Anubhuti’, on the occasion.

Accepting the felicitation, Pandit Birju Maharaj said that ‘taal’ and ‘swar’ are synonyms of ‘gods’ and ‘godly’. He said that it was life’s mission to search the best of India and teach the same to my disciples. He said that Gujarat’s famous pilgrimage centre of Dwarka has always fascinated him and has unflinching regards for the deity.

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia said that Birju Maharaj is identified with Indian dance forms, the world recognizes the reality.

Prominent among those present on the occasion included Kumudini Lakhia, Shaswati Sen, Gujarat Government’s Cultural Affairs Secretary Bhagyesh Jha, SAL Hospital Managing  Trustee Rajendra Shah, among others.

Shri Modi applauds contribution of Birju Maharaj on his Amrut Parva celebration

Shri Modi applauds contribution of Birju Maharaj on his Amrut Parva celebration

Shri Modi applauds contribution of Birju Maharaj on his Amrut Parva celebration

Shri Modi applauds contribution of Birju Maharaj on his Amrut Parva celebration

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GoI is in regular touch with the manufacturers to enhance production of medicines & extend all help needed
Production of all drugs including Remdesivir have been ramped up significantly in the last few weeks
Supply of oxygen is now more than 3 times the supply during the peak of first wave

PM Narendra Modi chaired a high level meeting to review the availability & supply of oxygen & medicines.

PM was briefed that the Government is actively monitoring the supply of drugs being used in the management of Covid as well Mucormycosis. The Minister updated PM that they are in regular touch with the manufacturers to enhance production & extend all kind of help needed. PM was also informed about the current production & stock of APIs for each such drug. It was discussed that states are being provided medicines in good quantities. PM was also apprised that the production of all drugs including Remdesivir have been ramped up significantly in the last few weeks. PM said that India has a very vibrant Pharma sector and Government’s continued close coordination with them will ensure proper availability of all medicines.

PM also took stock of the situation on oxygen availability and supply in the country. It was discussed that the supply of oxygen is now more than 3 times the supply during the peak of first wave. PM was briefed about the operations of oxygen rail and sorties by IAF planes. PM was also informed about the status of procurement of Oxygen concentrators, oxygen cylinders as well as the status of PSA plants being installed across the country.

PM also remarked that states should be asked to operationalize ventilators in a time-bound manner and resolve technical & training issues with the help of the manufacturers.