2 Nov 2023

Madhya Pradesh: City of Tansen Gwalior is now UNESCO Music City under Creative Cities Network

Gwalior: UNESCO has included Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh as the city of Music under the Creative Cities Network (UCCN). 55 cities from all over the globe joined the UCCN. Gwalior was acknowledged for its strong commitment to promoting culture and creativity as part of UNESCO’s development strategies, and displaying innovative practices in human-centred urban planning. Gwalior (Music) and Kozhikode (Literature) were amongst the only cities from India which were included in this illustrious network.

The project was led by Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board in cooperation with the Municipal Corporation of Gwalior, Gwalior Smart City Development Corporation Limited, Raja Mansingh Tomar Music & Arts University, music artists and other stakeholders. The Network now includes 350 cities in over 100 countries, representing seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts and Music.

Gwalior serves as an exemplary example of living cultural heritage and it hosts one of the biggest annual music festivals of India the Tansen Sangeet Samaroh to celebrate the rich culture of Madhya Pradesh. 


Tansen Samaroh is celebrated every year in the month of December in Behat village of Gwalior district, Madhya Pradesh. It is a 4-day musical extravaganza. Artists and music lovers from all over the world gather here to pay tribute to the Great Indian Musical Maestro Tansen. The event is organized near the tomb of Tansen by Ustad Alauddin Khan Kala Evam Sangeet Academy, under the department of culture, Government of Madhya Pradesh. Artists from all over India are invited to deliver vocal and instrumental performances.

Principal Secretary Tourism and Culture Department and Managing Director, MP Tourism Board Sheo Shekhar Shukla said, “Inclusion of Gwalior by UNESCO under the creative cities network is definitely a big achievement. Gwalior is the city of Tansen, Baiju Bawra, the birthplace of Dhrupad Music form and Gwalior Gharana.”



Shukla said he was sure the whole world would take notice of the richness of the cultural diversity, cultural richness of Madhya Pradesh in general and Gwalior in particular. This will also go a long way in boosting international tourism in the city of Gwalior and tourists will also get a chance to see the best of the city's architectural and heritage assets, he added.

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