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Commemorative Coins on Dr. M.S. Subbulakshmi released

Commemorative coins of Rs 100 and Rs 10 denomination were released on the occasion of 101st Birth Centenary of noted Carnatic musician Dr. MS Subbulakshmi by Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu.

Earlier, Finance Ministry had issued notification about introduction of Rs 100 coin to honour Subbulakshmi’s music legacy.

Dr. M.S. Subbulakshmi

Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi was Carnatic singer. She was born 16 September 1916 in Madurai, Madras Presidency. She died on 11 December 2004 (aged 88). She was leading exponent of classical and semi-classical songs in the carnatic tradition of South India.

She had many firsts to her credit, from being first musician to be awarded Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour in 1998, first Indian musician to receive the Ramon Magsaysay award, often considered Asia’s Nobel Prize in 1974 and first Indian musician to perform at UN General Assembly. In 2016, to mark her birth centenary, UN Postal Administration had issued stamp to honour her.


Turkish musician Kudsi Erguner named UNESCO Artist for Peace

Turkish musician Kudsi Erguner was appointed as the UNESCO Artist for Peace by the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova.

He was appointed after the opening ceremony of the 40th session of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) held in Istanbul, Turkey.

He was named UNESCO Artist for Peace in recognition of his

  • Efforts to promote the universal values of music, an essential instrument of dialogue between cultures.
  • Contribution to the protection of musical heritage, his support for the International Decade of the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022).
  • Unwavering commitment to the ideals of the Organization.

About Kudsi Erguner

  • Kudsi Erguner was born in 1952 in Turkey. He is a musician, player of the ney (reed flute), musicologist, composer, teacher, author and translator.
  • He was trained by his father, Ulvi Ergüner who was the last great master of the ney flute. He has given concerts all over the world and helped revive traditional musical trends.
  • He has collaborated with prestigious artists such as Maurice Bejart, Peter Brook, Peter Gabriel and Didier Lockwood which helped to spread this music to Western audiences.

About UNESCO Artists for Peace

  • They are internationally renowned personalities who use their charisma, influence and prestige to promote the message and UNESCO programs. The programme was started in 1995.
  • By appointing them, UNESCO works with them to increase public awareness regarding key development issues and the role of the Organization in these areas.