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India’s Carnatic Music Capital Chennai Added to UNESCO’s List of ‘Creative Cities’

India’s Carnatic Music Capital Chennai Added to UNESCO’s List of ‘Creative Cities’

Chennai is amidst 64 cities from 44 countries that have been newly designated as UNESCO Creative Cities.

Chennai adds another feather to its hat with its inclusion in UNESCO’s list of Creative Cities for its unparalleled contribution in the field of music.

While the city has always showcased cultural proclivity and is referred as the Carnatic capital of the country, the recognition by the United Nations’ cultural body is an achievement that should make India proud.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the lead in congratulating the Chennai folks.

64 cities from 44 countries have been designated as UNESCO Creative Cities by the UN Scientific and Cultural Organisations Director-General, Irina Bokova. The international organisation aims to foster innovation and creativity as key drivers for a more sustainable and inclusive urban development.

“These new designations showcase an enhanced diversity in city profiles and geographical balance, with 19 cities from countries not previously represented in the Network,” the Director-General said in an official statement.

Apart from Chennai, Varanasi and Jaipur have also been featured in the Creative Cities’ list.

A Carnatic Music kacheri. Source: Flickr.

Instated in 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) comprises 116 Members from 54 countries at present and covers seven creative fields—crafts and folk art, design, film, gastronomy, literature, music and media arts. A total of 180 cities from 72 countries are now part of this network.

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“While differing geographically, demographically or economically, all Creative Cities commit to develop and exchange innovative best practices to promote creative industries, strengthen participation in cultural life, and integrate culture into sustainable urban development policies,” a statement on UNESCO’s website said.

Chennai’s inclusion comes right at a time as the city gears itself up for the Margazhi season, during which music festivals are hosted across the city, inviting thousands of singers and musicians from across the world.

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