Kamal Haasan has expressed gratitude to prime minister Narendra Modi for congratulating the people of Chennai on their city’s inclusion in the Creative Cities network of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO.
“The recognition & praise for Chennai from @UNESCO for music fans of Chennai is long overdue. We prefer praise from others,” he said in a tweet.
The actor-filmmaker added: “Our Honourable PM recognizing it affirms our hope that south will not diminish inspite of its detractors.”
“Chennai’s contribution to our rich culture is precious. This is a proud moment for India,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted on Wednesday.
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).
Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, also took to her Twitter account to congratulate the city. She wrote, “Congratulations Chennai-included in @UNESCO Creative Cities Network for your contribution to music. 3rd Indian city after Jaipur &Varanasi.