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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

World Music day



June 21 has been designated as World Music Day, a day the world celebrating the magical gift of music. It’s origins lie in France when, in 1976, American musician Joel Cohen, proposed an all-night music festival to mark the beginning of the summer solstice and since then, it has become a global phenomenon with over 32 countries worldwide having their own celebrations in their own way, regardless of the season.
It is a day of free music, where musicians - local and amateur - are allowed and encouraged to perform their music in public spaces without any limit. Of course, in Mumbai we would have to pay entertainment tax (and shut down by 10 pm), but still, it’s a marvelous day to celebrate the spirit of music in all its forms.


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