Varanasi, city of Ganges has added one more feather to its hat. There is a field of excellence plan in UNESCO that is classified into the categories of literature, film, music, design, media arts, gastronomy, craft and folk art. Now, Varanasi is also a part of this plan as it has joined the global campaign of UNESCO “Cities of Music” under the Creative Cities Network.
As per the mayor of Varanasi, it took them six months to prepare a proposal in this connection to the UNESCO. With the inclusion of Varanasi in the list of ‘Cities of Music’, the tiny hamlet will be famous on the world map for its musicology. It will not only boost the tourism of Varanasi but will lure musicians from around the world to visit India. Also, it will give a platform for local artisans to show their talent to the world. He also further stated that the inclusion in the network will pave a way for representing the cultural heritage of the holy city on the world stage through the UNESCO project.
In the year 2006, the music was added as the fifth cultural category in the Creative Cities Network of the world body. By far there are nine cities which come under music category – Glasgow in the UK, Hanover and Mannheim in Germany, Ghent in Belgium, Hamamatsu in Japan, Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo, Bogota in Columbia, Seville in Spain and Bologna in Italy. The selected candidates will exhibit experience in holding music concerts at a local and international level and should have appropriate concert halls, auditoriums and amphitheatres to hold such musical events in future. Also, there should be some organized music learning hubs that will teach about specialized forms of music, orchestras, bands, etc.
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