From Australia to America through India and Africa, June 21 is observed as the World Music Day. The legacy originated in France with Fete de la Musique, a music festival that began in 1982 due to the initiatives by Jack Lang, the French Minister of Culture. However, it is said that the American musician Joel Cohen had put the idea in 1976 itself. Incidentally June 21, 2010 also happens to be the Summer Solstice for the Northern Hemisphere resulting in longest day and shortest night.
Music is a factor that binds the world together irrespective of the cultural diversities and is the platform to unite for a cause like lead artists joining hands to sing ‘We are the World” for raising funds.
Music which is a manifestation of society in a particular time and place needs no restrictions and boundaries. Music can bond us irrespective of who we are, what we are and where we are from. It’s a source of entertainment as well as platform to put across past, present and future messages.
India being a land of diversity with varied cultures, traditions and art forms, every region has its own unique musical form. As much as the western world has a variety such as Country, Metal, Rock, Punk, Disco, Funk, Pop, Reggae etc, India has a whole spectrum including Hindustani, Carnatic, Bhangra, Bhajans, Ghazals, Qawwalis, Indi-Pop, Folk, Tribal, Film Songs, Remixes, Fusion and what not.
Way to Transform Shridhar University Pilani Rajasthan observed World Music Day in the Lecture Theatre where the proceddings were anchored by Dr Bir Singh. Prof BR Natarajan Pro Vice Chancellor addressed the students and faculty on the importance of the day, its origin and highlighted various facets of the Raga System of Indian Music.
Punit and Ranjan students of the university sang their favorite songs after which the entire gathering in a chorus sang the song “Hum Honge Kaamyaab ek din, ho ho mann main hai vishwas, poora hai vishwas Hum Honge Kaamyaab” which is the Hindi version of evergreen song “We shall overcome” written by Rev. Charles Tindley.
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About Shridhar university: An initiative of the Sarvhit Trust, Shridhar University http://www.shridharuniversity.ac.in established under Section 2(f) of UGC Act. 1956 incorporated by Government of Rajasthan vide Ordinance No. 3 of 2009 and the same ratified by the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly vide Act No. 4 of 2010 as The SHRIDHAR UNIVERSITY ACT BIGODNA, JHUNJHUNU is located on the Pilani - Chirawa State Highway No. 13 towards Jaipur in the famed Shekhawati region widely known as the world's largest open art gallery. Pilani is well known for the host of educational institutions as well as CSIR Laboratory CEERI as well as upcoming assembly centre for the prestigious Brahmos missiles project. Vide letter F.No 8-3/2010(CPP-