M S Subbulakshmi’s Legacy Reclaims Prestigious UN Dias

India touches two cultural milestones on 15 August marking 70 years of Independence. The United Nations will issue a stamp celebrating the birth centenary of world-renowned Carnatic music legend M S Subbulakshmi, honouring her legacy and music. 50 years after she became the first Indian to perform at the UN, world-renowned music director, composer and singer AR Rahman will perform on the occasion at a special concert in the UN General Assembly hall on 15 August.

Subbulakshmi, the first ever musician to be awarded the Bharat Ratna, had performed at the General Assembly in 1966. India’s mission is dedicating a photo exhibition to the music legend, from 15 to 19 August, commemorating her birth centenary. The exhibition depicts the various facets of Subbulakshmi’s life as a performing artiste.

In its 70th anniversary celebrations this year, the United Nations will emphasise that “the wisdom of Indian traditions remains relevant to current global thinking.”