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Art, culture should not be state-dependant: Narendra Modi

Last Updated: Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 23:08

New Delhi: Narendra Modi on Sunday wrapped up his visit to Delhi by attending a Bharatanatyam dance recital by Mythili Prakash and said art and culture should not be "state-dependant" but should be honoured by it.

"Dance and music have been inherent in our culture and tradition for centuries and one of the specialities is that they are not state-dependant. Indeed that is the hallmark of a healthy society, that art and culture should not be dependant on patronage from the state but be honoured by it," Modi said.

The BJP`s Prime Ministerial candidate came almost one hour after the recital began and sat through the entire performance after which he gave an impromptu speech.

Modi spoke of the ancient tradition of India, a country which imbibed the influences of all the powers who ruled the country.

"Today the world speaks of soft power as a tool of global diplomacy, but India has been practising it for centuries. Even before Independence whichever forces ruled us they adopted our soft power and we imbibed theirs," Modi said.

"We have never imposed boundaries on knowledge, literature and music. That`s why we have been timeless in the field of art."

"All forms of art and music has its own strength. While the music and dance of the West move the body, our music and dance move our mind," Modi said.

The Gujarat Chief Minister felicitated all the three dancers who had participated in the "Divinity Series" Dance Festival, which began on Friday and was telecast live on DD Bharati and simultaneously streamed live on Facebook.

Modi also called Bharantayam as the "finest form of yoga".

"The world talks of yoga today but Bharatnatayam encopasses all seven senses in a balanced and collective manner. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to watch this performance," he said.


First Published: Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 23:08
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