UN to issue stamp to mark Bharat Ratna MS Subbulakshmi’s birth centenary

United Nations will honour the enchanted legacy of India’s Carnatic music legend MS Subbulakshmi by releasing a stamp to mark her birth centenary next week, coinciding with the celebrations of India’s 70th Independence Day.

The UN Postal Administration will release a stamp to mark Subbulakshmi’s birth centenary, India’s Permanent Mission to the UN said in a press statement.

India’s Independence Day will be commemorated at the UN headquarters this year with performance of Oscar-winning composer A R Rahman, he will be enthralling the UN diplomats and international dignitaries at a special concert in the UN General Assembly hall.

Rahman is the second Indian artists after after Subbulakshmi to perform at the iconic UN hall, which is the usual platform for global leaders to address the world.

Subbulakshmi, the first ever musician to be awarded India’s highest civilian honour the Bharat Ratna, was invited by the then UN Secretary General Late U Thant to perform at the General Assembly in October 1966, becoming the first Indian to perform there.

India’s mission is also organising a photo exhibition from August 15-19 at the world body’s headquarters to commemorate Subbulakshmi’s birth centenary which falls on September 16.

This year also marks the 50th anniversary of her performance at the UN and the photo exhibition will depict various facets and moments of Subbulakshmi’s life and times providing a rare insight to the music legend’s achievements, the Indian mission said.

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