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Indian culture unaffected by servitude, external attacks due to people like Vivekananda, Tagore: PM

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

It was the contribution of men like and that helped the country's cultural heritage remain unaffected by years of colonialism and external attacks, Modi said on Monday.

Speaking at the "Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony" event here, Modi said India's multi-dimensional heritage was well reflected in the works of the first Indian Nobel laureate.

"has thousands of years of cultural heritage, which has remained unaffected by a long period of subjugation and attacks by external forces. It has been possible because of the contribution of learned men like and Gurudev

"Gurudev recognised this strength of and absorbed its diversity in his Rabindra Sangeet. Rabindra Sangeet has all the colours of our country and it is not bound by a language. He recognised the folk arts and traditional dances as indicative of Indian culture," Modi said.

Tagore was the first Indian to receive the Nobel Prize in 1913.

conferred the Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony on Manipuri dancer-choreographer Rajkumar Singhajit Singh, Bangladeshi cultural organisation -- known for the -- for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively.

The awardees, selected by a committee headed by the prime minister, received an amount of Rs one crore each, a plaque and an exquisite traditional handicraft item.

The first Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony was conferred on sitar maestro in 2012, followed by of western and Indian classical music in 2013.

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First Published: Mon, February 18 2019. 14:20 IST