Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday unveiled commemorative coins of Rs 100 and Rs 10 coins on the birth centenary of noted musician M S Subbulakshmi, PTI reported. Earlier, it was reported that Finance Ministry has issued a notification about the introduction of Rs 100 coin. However, the report by ANI had said that Rs 100 coin will be introduced to commemorate the birth centenary of Dr MG Ramachandran. Naidu released special commemorative coins of Rs 100 and Rs 10 denominations at an exhibition held to mark Subbulakshmi’s legacy, PTI reported.
The coins were launched at an event held at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. The Vice-President also tweeted a picture of the coins on his official Twitter handle. A nearly two-week-long exhibition, titled ‘Kurai Ondrum Illai’, is being held in the honour of Bharat Ratna awardee Subbulakshami.
PTI reports that Subbulakshmi had many firsts to her credit, from being the first musician to be awarded the Bharat Ratna to winning the Ramon Magsaysay Award, and performing at the UN General Assembly. “She was an unsurpassed phenomenon in the Carnatic music field and perhaps will remain unsurpassed in this generation too. First prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru once told her that he was just an ordinary PM, but she was a ‘queen of music’,” Naidu said.
Vice President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu releasing a Commemorative Coin on M.S. Subbulakshmi, on her Birth Centenary Commemoration. pic.twitter.com/Vcc0zxtBhW
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“Even Gandhiji had requested her to do a rendition of ‘Hari Tuma Haro’ bhajan, which she did. It was recorded overnight and sent to Gandhiji on his birthday in 1947,” he added. The vice president said, “It is our bounden duty to preserve our culture for the next generation, and the life and legacy of MS should inspire the youth to pursue greater heights.”
(First published on September 20, 2017)