PM Applauds UNESCO Recognition of Kozhikode and Gwalior as ‘Cities of Literature’ and ‘City of Music’

New Delhi, November 1, 2023 – Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi commends the recent inclusion of Kozhikode as the ‘City of Literature’ and Gwalior as the ‘City of Music’ in UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network. This recognition reflects the cultural richness and diversity of India on the global stage and is a testament to the exceptional heritage of these cities.

Expressing his admiration, Prime Minister Modi congratulated the residents of Kozhikode and Gwalior on this remarkable achievement, emphasizing the significance of India’s cultural vibrancy.

Kozhikode’s literary legacy has shone a spotlight on India’s literary prowess and cultural depth. The city’s rich literary heritage has earned it a deserving place in UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network.

In the case of Gwalior, its profound connection with music has garnered immense respect and admiration. UNESCO’s recognition reaffirms the city’s commitment to preserving and enriching its musical heritage, echoing its melodious traditions across the globe.

Union Minister for Culture, Shri G Kishan Reddy, also celebrated this achievement, echoing the sentiment of pride and appreciation for Kozhikode and Gwalior’s contributions to culture and heritage.

As India embraces this international recognition, the nation rededicates itself to preserving and promoting its diverse cultural traditions. Gwalior’s musical heritage and the literary legacy of Kozhikode stand as living testaments to India’s rich cultural tapestry and its determination to cherish and share its unique heritage with the world.

This recognition not only brings honor to these cities but also serves as a source of inspiration for future generations to cherish and uphold India’s extraordinary cultural heritage.

Credits: Press Information Bureau, Delhi

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