Chennai, has been designated as one of the 64 UNESCO Creative Cities last month, it was chosen for its contribution to music.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the people of Chennai today on their city’s inclusion in the Creative Cities network of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO.
“Chennai’s contribution to our rich culture is precious. This is a proud moment for India,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted.
Chennai, one of the 64 cities designated as UNESCO Creative Cities last month, was chosen for its contribution to music. Other cities included Cairo (Egypt), Cape Town (South Africa), Manchester (UK), and Milan (Italy).
Artists of national renown come to the Tamil Nadu capital to perform during its music season in December and January. The hub of a thriving movie industry, Chennai is also home to some of India’s greatest music composers and playback singers.
Here’s what Prime Minister Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman – who’s from Tamil Nadu – had to say about Chennai’s inclusion in the UNESCO list.
The UN says the Creative Cities Network was “created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development.”
There are now 180 cities in the list.