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Sudha Ragunathan revives MS memory at UN

Sudha Ragunathan with other delegates during the official stamp release of M.S. Subbulakshmi at the UN on October 2, 2016

CHENNAI: For this star Carnatic musician, October 2 this year was a day to cherish. On the birthday of the Mahatma Gandhi (October 2), declared as International Non-Violence Day, the United Nations UN Postal Administration unveiled a commemorative stamp of Bharat Ratna late M.S. Subbulakshmi to mark the 50th anniversary of her performance at the UN in 1966. The first copy was presented to vocalist Sudha Ragunathan. The stamp-release function was followed by a concert by Sudha Ragunathan.

The concert featured numbers that were favorites of the Mahatma. It had also comprised some special renderings of MS on our motherland. ``Dhana dhanya pushpa bhara,'' a song in Bengali (together with some Sanskrit verses), written and composed by Dwijendralal Roy, was well received as Sudha Ragunathan's rendering took the audience down memory lane to the times of MS.

Sudha Ragunathan also gave six concerts across the U.S. in September this year. Organized by the city-based eye care institution, Sankara Nethralya, these concerts were held in cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angles, Houston and Washington. These were held as part of the centenary celebrations of MS.

October 2, 2016 would be firmly etched not only in the annals of Carnatic music but also the archives of the United Nations for remembering and celebrating two legends, the proud son (Mahatma Gandh) and daughter (MS) of Mother India. ``I am indeed blessed to be a part of this indelible imprint,'' said Sudha Ragunathan.

Sudha Ragunathan with Mr. Syed Akbaruddin, India's permanent representative at the United Nations, and his wife, Mrs. Padma Akbaruddin, at the UN on October 2, 2016