Culture Minister G Kishan Reddy inaugurates 'Jyotirgamaya' festival in New Delhi

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Union Culture Minister G Kishan Reddy inaugurated 'Jyotirgamaya', a festival showcasing the talents of forgotten artists, in New Delhi on June 21.

  • About the festival

  • It was organised as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav and on the occasion of World Music Day on 21 June.

  • The Sangeet Natak Akademi has organised this festival to showcase the talent of rare musical instruments from across the country, including street performers and train entertainers.

  • This is a unique effort of Sangeet Natak Akademi to revive the dying arts of India.

  • Aim of the festival 

  • It aims to sensitise people about the need to protect the skills of playing rare musical instruments as well as the craft of making these instruments.

  • It also aims to give a voice to ‘unheard’ artists who hardly ever see the limelight. 

  • Importance of the festival

  • Music plays in every street and corner of India.

  • It is not uncommon to find passersby playing flutes and other musical instruments under the open sky whether it is rain or sunshine.

  • We also have a plethora of rare musical instruments that are slowly falling out of the public domain due to their dwindling popularity and dwindling patronage.

  • The festival was organised through a call to action to recognize the 'unheard' talent.

  • Entrants were requested to send a short clip of their performance along with their details.

  • Leading music institutions, cultural centres, SNA awardees and eminent musicians were also requested to explore and identify such rare talents.

  • Artistes from all corners of the country participated in this festival.

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