Vice President asks for the preservation and promotion of Indian musical tradition

HYDERABAD: Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu emphasised the importance of popularising Indian musical tradition among younger generations in order to preserve Indian culture and heritage.

"Music really has the potential to soothe the mental tension and anxiety of modern life," Naidu said, noting that Indian music has ancient beginnings and was formerly used to communicate information.

Naidu was speaking on Friday in Hyderabad at Kinnera Art Theatres' centenary celebrations of Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao, a famed musician and playback singer in Indian films. In his remarks to the audience, Naidu stated that Indian culture holds a unique place in world music, and that music is not just an art form, but also a precise science. He recalled that music may also be used to bring about societal change. 'Music has the ability to not only entertain but also to enlighten society,' he added.

On this occasion, Naidu paid glowing tribute to Ghantasala, a singer and musician who, together with late S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, contributed greatly to cinema's golden period of music. Nagoor Babu (Mano), a well-known playback singer, received the Ghantasala Memorial Award. Earlier, the Vice President saw the performances by Mano and other artists, who performed Ghantasala's immortal tunes.

During the event, Dr. K.V. Ramanachari, Advisor to the Government of Telangana; Mandali Buddha Prasad, Former Deputy Speaker, Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly; Dr. R. Prabhakar Rao, Former Director General of Police, Andhra Pradesh; Maddali Raghuram, General Secretary, Kinnera Art Theatre; and other dignitaries were present.

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