The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and musicians, singers and artists on Thursday submitted a memorandum to Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia requesting him to make it mandatory to play Indian classical or light vocal and instrumental music in flights operated by Indian companies.
"ICCR joins the fraternity of musicians, singers and artists associated with traditional music, in demanding that playing Indian classical or light vocal and instrumental music in aircraft being operated in India and also at various airports, be made mandatory for all India based airlines," said the memorandum submitted to Scindia.
President ICCR Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Wasifuddin Dagar, Anu Malik, Malini Awasthi, Pandit Sanjeev Abhyankar, Shounak Abhisheki, Manjusha Patil, Kulkarni Kaushal Inamdar, Rita Ganguly and others are signatories of the memorandum.
The memorandum pointed out that music played by most airlines across the globe is the quintessential of the country to which the airline belongs. "For example, it is most likely that we shall come across Jazz in an American airline or Mozart in an Austrian Airline and Arab music in an Airline from the Middle East. However, it is extremely unfortunate and even ironical that most airways in India however -- both Domestic and International, seldom if at all play Indian music," it said.
The memorandum further stated: "Our music mirrors our rich heritage and culture and it is one of the many things every Indian has a reason to be truly proud of! We hereby ardently request you to look into this matter and take steps to bring about the long-needed change."
Scindia suggested organising traditional India musical festivals like Litfest to promote music.
Sahasrabuddhe said that the civil aviation minister gave a positive response to the demand to play Indian music.