New Delhi: PM Narendra Modi has addressed the 89th episode of the 'Mann Ki Baat' programme on Sunday. Talking about yoga day, he said, "Friends, this time in our country, keeping in mind the 'Amrit Mahotsav', 'International Yoga Day' will also be celebrated at 75 major places of the country. On this occasion, many organizations and countrymen are preparing to do something innovative at their respective levels at special places in their respective regions. I would also urge you to, this time, to celebrate Yoga Day, you should choose a place in your city, town or village which is the most special. I would like you to start preparing for 'Yoga Day' from now on. Meet as many people as possible, urge everyone to join the 'Yoga Day' event, and motivate them.
Prime Minister Modi mentioned about his visit to Japan and told about some personalities. He said: "A few days ago, I went to Japan. In the midst of many of my celebrations, I had the opportunity to meet some of the best personalities. "They are from Japan, but they have great affection and love for India. One of them is Hiroshi Koike Ji, who is a well-known art director. You will be very happy to know that he has directed the Mahabharata project. The project was started in Cambodia and has been continuing continuously for the last nine years.''
Talking about the same Hiroshi Koike, Prime Minister Modi said, "He does everything in a very different way. He travels to a country in Asia every year and produces parts of the Mahabharata with local artists and musicians there. Through this project, he has produced in 9 countries including India, Cambodia and Indonesia and has also given stage performances. Hiroshi Koike brings together artists who have a diverse backgrounds in classical and traditional Asian performing arts. Due to this, different colours are seen in their work.'' Prime Minister Modi further said, "The other two people I met in Japan are Atsushi Matsuo ji and Kenji Yoshi. Both of them are associated with the TEM production company. The company belongs to the Japanese animation film of Ramayana, which was released in 1993. "The dedication of the people sitting in Japan, thousands of kilometres away from us, who know neither our language, who know our language, who know as much about our practices, their dedication to our culture, this reverence, this respect, is very commendable. Who wouldn't be proud of this?''