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Jaipur and Varanasi are the other Indian cities that feature on the list.

"It is a matter of pride and honour for the Chennaities that Chennai has been included in the UNESCO's Creative Cities Network for its rich musical tradition", he said in a Raj Bhavan release.

Some of the other cities included along with Chennai are Alba (Italy) for gastronomy, Almaty (Kazakhstan) for music and Auckland (New Zealand) for music, according to UNESCO.

Unesco, the United Nations cultural organisation, has included the metropolis of Chennai in its list of Creative Cities for its contribution to music.

Chennai, one of the 64 cities designated as UNESCO Creative Cities last month, was chosen for its contribution to music.

While differing geographically, demographically or economically, all creative cities commit to develop and exchange innovative best practices to promote creative industries, strengthen participation in cultural life, and integrate culture into sustainable urban development policies, the statement said. "This is a proud moment for India", the Prime Minister's Office tweeted.

Chief Minister Palaniswami also thanked Prime Minister Modi for "congratulating the people of Chennai for this unique distinction" and said the people of Chennai love their music and it is a part of their culture and tradition.

Carnatic vocalist Bombay Jayashri said: "This truly is a moment to remember each and every artiste of the varied forms, who have laid the bricks to build this musical empire". "In the beginning, there were very few sabhas, but now, there are many".

Artists of national renown come to the Tamil Nadu capital to perform during its music season in December and January. "We are delighted that UNESCO has recognised it". "Contributing to culture and creativity is key to sustainable urban development, and we're thrilled with the great work Quebec City's literary community has done on this front".



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