The legendary Carnatic vocalist had performed at the world body in October 1966.
To honour the legacy of India’s Carnatic music legend M.S. Subbulakshmi, the United Nations will issue a stamp to mark her birth centenary next week, coinciding with the celebrations of India’s 70th Independence Day.
The U.N. Postal Administration will issue the stamp to mark Subbulakshmi’s birth centenary, India’s Permanent Mission to the U.N. said in a press statement.
A.R. Rahman to enthral diplomats
India’s Independence Day will be commemorated at the world body’s headquarters this year as Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman will enthral U.N. diplomats and international dignitaries at a special concert in the U.N. General Assembly hall on August 15.
Mr. Rahman will be the second Indian artist after Subbulakshmi to perform at the iconic U.N. hall, which is the usual platform for global leaders to address the world.
She performed here in October 1966
Subbulakshmi, the first ever musician to be awarded India’s highest civilian honour the Bharat Ratna, was invited by the then U.N. Secretary General Late U Thant to perform at the General Assembly in October 1966, becoming the first Indian to perform there.
Earlier in March this year, the Pakistani mission to the U.N. had organised a concert by renowned singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan to commemorate Pakistan Day at the U.N.
Photo expo on her life and times
India’s mission is also organising a photo exhibition from August 15-19 at the world body’s headquarters to commemorate Subbulakshmi’s birth centenary which falls on September 16.
This year also marks the 50th anniversary of her performance at the U.N. and the photo exhibition will depict various facets and moments of Subbulakshmi’s life and times providing a rare insight to the music legend’s achievements, the Indian mission has said.
M.J. Akbar will represent India
Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar will attend the events at the U.N. as well as those being organised by the Indian Consulate in the city.
The events commemorating India’s 70th Independence Day are being organised by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations with the support of Sankara Nethralaya, an India-based civil society organisation.
Wisdom of Indian traditions
“The United Nations is also celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. As India celebrates its 70th Independence Day, the event will emphasise that the wisdom of Indian traditions remains relevant to current global thinking,” the mission said, adding that the musical evening will provide a “glimpse of gaiety and dynamism” of India on the occasion of India@70.””
The Indian Consulate will host a flag-hoisting ceremony on August 15 and India’s Consul General Riva Ganguly Das will ring the closing bell at the NASDAQ stock market in Times Square.
Big B, Ramdev to headline parade
Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan and Yoga guru Baba Ramdev will headline the parade in Manhattan, organised on August 21 by the Federation of Indian Associations of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and considered among the largest in the U.S.