Greetings are being showered on the city of Chennai after its inclusion in the list of UNESCO Creative Cities. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday, congratulated the city on its feat.
“Chennai’s contribution to our rich culture is precious. This is a proud moment for India,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted.
Chennai, one of the 64 cities designated as UNESCO Creative Cities last month, was chosen for its contribution to music. Other cities included Cairo (Egypt), Cape Town (South Africa), Manchester (UK), and Milan (Italy).
“They join a network at the frontline of UNESCO’s efforts to foster innovation and creativity as key drivers for a more sustainable and inclusive urban development. This network attracts growing interest from local authorities,” the world body said in a statement.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami today congratulated the people of Chennai for its inclusion in the list of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network for its rich musical tradition.
He also expressed gratitude towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi for hailing the city’s inclusion in the list.
“I am extremely happy to hear the news that United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation has included Chennai in the Creative Cities Network. I extend my sincere gratitude to UNESCO in this regard,” he said in a release. DMK working president M K Stalin too has expressed happiness.