Describing ‘Ramcharitmanas’ as a great work, which imbibes the “essence of India”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday released the digital version of a musical production on the epic recorded by All India Radio (AIR).
Mr. Modi said the artistes had performed not just ‘sangeet sadhna, but also sanskriti sadhna and sanskaar sadhna’ (devotion not just to music, but also to culture and tradition).
The Prime Minister mentioned how the Indians, who had travelled to various parts of the world, such as Mauritius, kept alive their link with India over successive generations through the ‘Ramcharitmanas’, an official statement said.
Mr. Modi, while unveiling the set of CDs, said the recordings have been done over a period of 20-22 years and the effort was no small achievement.
He said that he has been informed that AIR has approximately nine lakh hours of audio recordings of various artistes from across the country. He said this was a priceless collection, which should be documented in detail for posterity.
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Arun Jaitley and Chairman Prasar Bharati Board A. Suryaprakash were present on the occasion, the statement added.