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Ancient Musical Instruments, from ‘Ravanahatha’ to ‘Rudraveena,’ to Be Performed at G20 SpeciaDinner

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A musical showcase featuring ancient classical instruments like ‘Ravanahatha’ and ‘Rudra Veena’ will be the highlight of the special dinner hosted by President Draupadi Murmu for G20 leaders on Saturday evening.

This ceremonial dinner, taking place tonight at the G20 Leaders Summit venue, Bharat Mandapam in the national capital, will celebrate India’s diverse musical heritage, encompassing various styles of classical and contemporary music.

The performance, titled ‘Bharat Vadya Darshanam’ (Musical Journey of India), presented by the ‘Gaandharva Aaradhyam’ group, will be a key attraction during President Murmu’s dinner.

The 18th G20 Leaders Summit has convened leaders from the world’s top 20 economies.

“The three-hour-long performance at the G20 special dinner during the special dinner will see ancient musical instruments like “Ravanahatha” to “Rudra Veena,” as well as the tabla and piano being played,” Minister of State Meenakashi Lekhi told ANI.
“We have the legacy of Hindustani and Carnatic music Specially abled artists will also perform at the dinner hosted by President Murmu. This would be a very proud moment for all of us,” Lekhi said.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi warmly greeted and welcomed global leaders and heads of state with handshakes and hugs at the venue.

Prime Minister Modi expressed his optimism that this gathering of world leaders will pave the way for a new era of development that prioritizes humanity and inclusivity.

The theme of this year’s G20 Summit, hosted under India’s presidency, is “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam,” which translates to “One Earth, One Family, One Future.” This theme, derived from the ancient Sanskrit text of the Maha Upanishad, underscores the intrinsic value of all life forms—human, animal, plant, and microorganism—and their interconnectedness within the Earth and the broader universe.

This marks India’s inaugural hosting of the G20 Summit, a historic milestone.

Participating countries in the G20 Summit encompass Nigeria, Argentina, Italy, the African Union (represented by Comoros), and South Africa.

Additionally, Bangladesh, the United Kingdom, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Egypt, Australia, the United States, Canada, China, the UAE, Brazil, Indonesia, Turkey, Spain, Germany, France, Mauritius, the European Union, and Singapore are also taking part.

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