gfiles magazine

February 9, 2011

Jairam Ramesh turns vocalist  
minister to sing at festival
UNION Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has always been fond of music. During his stint in the Planning Commission at least two decades ago, he was known for his love of music. He had a large number of cassettes of various genres of music, including Carnatic music. Now, it appears he wants to join established vocalists performing at the annual music jamboree at Thiruvayaru in Tamil Nadu, as part of Thyagaraja utsavam. This festival goes on roundthe- clock over a number of days. Aspiring vocalists and musicians who play instruments such as the violin, veena and mridangam come together in the hundreds. They sing in unison, to the delight of music lovers. The kirtans of saint Thyaraja are especially popular. It will be a rare first for a Minister to sing at Thiruvayaru, and Ramesh’s performance will be much anticipated.

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