MU­SI­CAL TRIB­UTE

India Today - - UPFRONT -

One of the high­lights of the 149th Gandhi Jayanti cel­e­bra­tions in the cap­i­tal last month was a five-minute fu­sion video fea­tur­ing 40 artists from 124 coun­tries singing Gand­hiji’s favourite bha­jan Vaish­nava jan to. The video, un­veiled by Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, now gets a se­quel. The ex­ter­nal af­fairs min­istry plans to in­vite all 40 artists as state guests for the 70th Repub­lic Day pa­rade in New Delhi in Jan­uary. The artists are from coun­tries as di­verse as Sri Lanka, Laos, Oman, Azer­bai­jan, Iraq, China, Ger­many, Saudi Ara­bia, Pak­istan, the Mal­dives, Nepal, Por­tu­gal, Fin­land, Cuba and Rus­sia. This line-up should be an event in it­self.

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