Media Coverage | 27-12-2021
Music not confined to borders of religion, country: Anurag Thakur
Sur Jyotsna National Music Awards presented at a glittering ceremony
New Delhi: Music and sports cannot be confined to the boundaries of religion and country. Moreover, musicians and artistes are the true ambassadors of the country in the world, said the Union Information and Broadcasting minister Anurag Singh Thakur.
The winners of the 8th edition of Lokmat Sur Jyotsna National Music Awards 2021 were honoured with a cash prize of `1 lakh, a trophy and a citation each at a glittering ceremony at Kamani Auditorium in Delhi. The winners, talented singer Maithili Thakur and young musician Lydian Nadhaswaram, were awarded the Lokmat Sur Jyotsna National Music Awards 2021 at the hands of Anurag Singh Thakur.
Union minister of state for finance Dr Bhagwat Karad, Union minister for social justice and empowerment Ramdas Athawale, former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and MP Dr Farooq Abdullah, Acharya Lokesh Muni ji, MP Praful Patel, eminent sarod player Padma Vibhushan Amjad Ali Khan, Padma Bhushan Pandit Sajan Mishra, renowned singers Roop Kumar Rathod and Sunali Rathod, Padma Bhushan Rajeev Sethi and former Union minister Suresh Prabhu graced the ceremony.
Speaking on the occasion, Anurag Singh Thakur said there is no restriction on artistes or sportspersons in the fields of music and sports. Caste and religion are not asked in the fields of music and sports. Relying solely on their skills, they make their mark in the world. The Lokmat Media has organised this event even during the corona period. It has provided a platform for emerging talents. The group has worked hard to find these talents. This work is truly commendable. Jyotsna Darda not only established Lokmat Sakhi Manch but also provided opportunities for women to be empowered. Thakur said the Lokmat Parivar deserves to be commended for this venture.
“Music has a unique strength,” said Dr Farooq Abdullah. Music has the power to keep people alive. The commitment of the Lokmat Media towards art is commendable. Music should sow the seeds of humanity, ‘Sarvadharma Samabhava’ and bring peace in this country, Dr Abdullah noted.
Dr Bhagwat Karad lauded the Lokmat Media and the social work being carried on by the group.
Explaining the objective of the event, the chairman of editorial board of Lokmat Media and former member of Rajya Sabha Vijay Darda said Jyotsna Darda was a music lover. She believed that music has the potential to change the society. The purpose of giving Sur Jyotsna National Music Awards is to bring forward and encourage the young and budding artistes of the country. I am more than happy that this ceremony is taking place in the national capital of Delhi this year. The entire country takes note when the artistes are felicitated and awarded in the national capital. Jyotsna Darda has set up Lokmat Sakhi Manch, an unparalleled organisation with membership of three and a half lakh women. The work of empowerment of women is being carried on through this forum, Vijay Darda further said.
At the outset, the portrait of Jyotsna Darda, the connoisseur of music and founder of Lokmat Sakhi Manch, was garlanded. The programme started with the lighting of traditional lamp.
‘Manglik’ recitation at the outset
The award ceremony started with ‘Manglik’ recitation as per Jain tradition. Famous bhajan singer Vinay Bapna recited the ‘Manglik’. The audience enjoyed the singing and playing of instruments by the winners before both of them were honoured. Originally from Bihar, Maithili Thakur performed Marathi and Hindi songs, while Lydian Nadhaswaram’s piano and drum performance enchanted the audience.
Renowned artistes who have made invaluable contributions to the field of music were felicitated on the occasion. Padma Vibhushan Amjad Ali Khan, Padma Bhushan Pandit Sajan Mishra, Laxman Krishnarao Pandit and Padma Bhushan Rajeev Sethi were felicitated with mementos. Noted Bharatanatyam dancer Subhalakshmi Khan could not attend the programme. Her husband Amjad Ali Khan accepted the felicitation on her behalf. Also, Grammy Award winner and Padma Bhushan Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt too could not attend the ceremony due to ill health. He will, therefore, be felicitated at home. The glittering ceremony was attended by the president of Indian Newspaper Society (INS) and executive director of The Times of India Mohit Jain, MP Digvijaya Singh, MP Bhubaneswar Kalita, MP Krupal Tumane, MP Devendra alias Bhole Singh, MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy, industrialist and former MP Naveen Jindal, noted businessman Manoj Jayaswal, senior journalist Dr Ved Pratap Vaidik, managing director of Bright Outdoor Yogesh Lakhani, Anurag Batra of Action for Media, Harish Bhalla, Pandit Shashi Vyas, deputy chief of mission, Embassy of Taiwan in India Dr Mumin Chen, deputy chief of mission, Embassy of Fiji in India Nilesh Kumar, retired Union home secretary V K Duggal, additional chief secretary of Haryana R R Joel, Prof Dr Ranju, secretary, rural development N N Sinha, managing director of P K Group of Industries Manish Gupta, Geetanjali Behl, senior journalist Ashok Wankhede along with a large number of senior IAS, IPS and IRS officers, senior journalists, publisher of Delhi edition of Lokmat Rakesh Sharma and other dignitaries from different walks of life. Shweta Shelgaonkar conducted the proceedings of this magnificent ceremony.
Jeevan Ki Jyotsna Hai!
The special attraction of the Lokmat Sur Jyotsna National Music Awards 2021 was its anthem ‘Jeevan Ki Jyotsna Hai…’ The confluence of Jyotsna and Jyotsna in life… Lyricist Javed Akhtar has composed the lyrics of this anthem and the music has been composed by Pandit Jatin Lalit. Noted singers Alka Yagnik and Sonu Nigam have lent their voices. The audience was overwhelmed when they heard the anthem.
Copy of Lokmat digital issue presented to I&B minister
A few days back, Union Information and Broadcasting minister Anurag Singh Thakur had released the digital issue of Lokmat online. At this ceremony, chairman of editorial board of Lokmat Media and former member of Rajya Sabha Vijay Darda presented a copy of this historic issue to Anurag Singh Thakur.
Diamond jubilee of independence and golden jubilee of Lokmat
Union Information and Broadcasting minister Anurag Singh Thakur said it is a great coincidence. The country is celebrating the diamond jubilee of Indian independence. Similarly, the Nagpur edition of Lokmat is celebrating its golden jubilee. This is a unique coincidence.
A symbol of ‘Sarvadharma Samabhava’
The audience got the experience that Sur Jyotsna National Music Awards ceremony has become a symbol of ‘Sarvadharma Samabhava’. Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and MP Dr Farooq Abdullah was seated on the dais. Acharya Lokesh Muni ji was the chief guest for this function. Dr Abdullah announced that Acharya Lokesh Muni ji is present on the stage and hence winners should seek his blessings. Accordingly, both the winners sought the blessings of Acharya Lokesh Muni ji.
(From L) zEminent sarod maestro Padma Vibhushan Amjad Ali Khan being honoured with a memento for his invaluable contribution in the field of music by Union Information and Broadcasting minister Anurag Singh Thakur, chairman of editorial board of Lokmat Media and former member of Rajya Sabha Vijay Darda, MP Praful Patel and Acharya Lokesh Muni ji. z Pt Laxman Krishnarao Pandit of Gwalior gharana being felicitated by former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and MP Dr Farooq Abdullah. z Union Information and Broadcasting minister Anurag Singh Thakur felicitating Padma Bhushan Pt Sajan Mishra z Union minister of state for finance Dr Bhagwat Karad felicitating Padma Bhushan Rajeev Sethi.
Dignitaries and music lovers during the 8th edition of Lokmat Sur Jyotsna National Music Awards ceremony at Kamani Auditorium in New Delhi.