The Tana-Riri festival, 2010, ended today at Vadnagar amid razzmatazz. Breaking her own record, Gujarat's singing sensation Dhaari Panchamda sang for 99 hours, 99minutes and 99 seconds to set a new world record in continuous singing. She sang 109 ragas during her singing marathon at the festival.
Around 25,000 persons from all over the state had gathered on the occasion to witness this grand finale of classical singing. This event is organised to put Vadnagar on world map and develop it as a major tourist attraction in India.
Speaking on the occasion, chief minister Narendra Modi thanked all those who trusted him and gave opportunities to serve people of Gujarat. Tana and Riri, the legendary sisters form Vadnagar had preferred to sacrifice their lives instead of bowing down to the Mughals of Delhi in the 16th century. Incidentally, Vadnagar is the home town of the chief minister too.
Narendra Modi also announced the first ever Tana-Riri awards, to be given to those who have devoted their lives to music. The first award was conferred on to Lata and Usha Mangeshkar. They were given a cheque worth Rs5 lakh and a citation.
Usha Mangeshkar thanked Narendra Modi in person, while India nightingale, Lata Mangeshkar sent a video message for the programme, since she was not able to remain present on the occasion. Usha while informing the audience that her mother was a Gujarati, also wished that chief minister Narendra Modi will become a future national leader.
The CM also felicitated few other Gujaratis, who have made the state proud in the musical arena, like Manju Mehta, founder of Saptak, Aishwarya Majumdar, Hema and Asit Mehta and Mauli Dave.
Renowned music director Gaurand Vyas and Dilip Dholakia were also present on the occasion. Narendra Modi urged all the residents of Vadnagar to help the administration in developing the city in to a world class tourist destination.
Education Minister Raman Bhai Vora, Environment minister Mangubhai Patel, Music Maestro Bhupendra Pandit, and minister for youth and cultural affairs, FakirBhai Vaghela were among the dignitaries present on the occasion.