World Music Day 2021

The word music is derived from the Greek word “Mousike” which means “art of the Muses”. World Music Day is celebrated on 21st June every year, worldwide to celebrate Music, a fantastic art form and all the Musicians across the world.

As UPSC surprises aspirants with questions linked with what usually is assumed to be trivia; it is advisable that one must scroll through the facts about World Music Day to get the basic information. It might be your lucky day during UPSC Prelims if at all a question is asked from this topic.

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Facts about World Music Day for UPSC Prelims

Read the below-mentioned facts about International Music Day; and aid your IAS Exam preparation along with other competitive exams’ preparation.

Celebrated on

World Music Day is celebrated on 21st of June every year, globally

Theme

“Music at the intersections

Slogan

Fête de la Musique which means Make Music in French

Other Names

Make Music Day, International Music Day

Another Day celebrated on 21 June

International Yoga Day

First Music Day celebrated on

Summer Solstice in 1982

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Importance of this World Music Day

  • World Music Day is an open event, unlike usual Music Concerts. That means on this day people go out on streets to play music. Since it is open to all, anyone can take part in it and enjoy themselves in the melodies of all.
  • Everyone can participate in this event, young and old, amateur and professional. That’s not all, not just all kinds of musicians, but all kinds of music is also celebrated on this day.
  • Different types of music played in the events are Classical, Pop, Jazz, Rap and Instrumental, thus displaying the many music variants.
  • Around 130 countries from all over the world take part in these concerts. The most significant aspect of this Day is to make music accessible to people free of cost, thus encouraging them to learn and enjoy this art form, world over.
  • Free Concerts are organised on the streets of more than 1000 cities all over the world.
  • According to a 2013 study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, Music helps to create a feeling of cohesion or social connectedness. It brings cultures together, lowers prejudice and boosts empathy.

History of World Music Day

  • This idea was first conceived in 1981 by Jack Lang (French politician) and Maurice Fleuret (composer, music journalist, radio producer, arts administrator), two members of the French Minister of Culture.
  • The first ever music day took place in 1982 in Paris as the Fête de la Musique.
  • On Jack Lang’s request, Maurice Fleuret became Director of Music and Dance at the Ministry of Culture, France and applied studies to the musical practice & its evolution. He called it “the music everywhere and the concert nowhere”.
  • After studying the cultural habits of Five million French people in the year 1982, he concluded that one out of two of every young person, played a musical instrument.
  • Therefore, he decided to bring out all these people from their homes to the streets and gave the idea to celebrate summer solstice (or June 21) as the World Music Day.
  • Ever since the first music festival celebrated in France, it became widely popular and is now celebrated in 130 countries worldwide. Countries like India, Germany, Italy, Greece, Russia, Australia, Peru, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, USA and UK have given a great response to the event.

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