Modi in Austria: Europe resonates with 'Vande Mataram'…Meet Vijay Upadhyay who gave a musical welcome to PM Modi in Austria

Ananya Shroff
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Modi in Austria: Europe resonates with 'Vande Mataram'…Meet Vijay Upadhyay who gave a musical welcome to PM Modi in Austria


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in the famous city of Vienna, Austria on a historic visit on Wednesday. Austrian artists gave a musical welcome to PM Modi. These artists were singing India's national song 'Vande Mataram' to the tune of western music. India's cultural ambassador Vijay Upadhyay also played an important role in this welcome. He led the entire program, which included artists from the musical band. PM Modi said on social media, 'Austria is known for its wonderful music, I was very happy to hear such a beautiful rendition of 'Vande Mataram'.'

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Who is Vijay Upadhyay?

Vijay Upadhyay is a big name in the world of music. He is known for leading the Vienna University Philharmonic and creating the India National Youth Orchestra, which prepares young musicians. He is connecting people from all over the world by combining foreign and Indian music. Grammy Award-winning musician Ricky Kej wrote on social media, 'He is an Indian conductor who fills us with pride, Vijay Upadhyay, who is from Lucknow. He is the director of the famous Vienna University Philharmonic and has also founded the India National Youth Orchestra. He is very fond of Indian music and often spreads the magic of Indian tunes abroad.' Upadhyay (57) was born in Lucknow. In 1994, he became the director of the Vienna University Philharmonic. He is the Austrian representative in the jury of experts for the evaluation of EU culture projects.

my mother taught me music

Vijay Upadhyay's musical journey began in his childhood. His mother taught him music. He learned piano, tabla (an Indian percussion instrument) and Kathak dance. According to Vijay's blog, his passion for music direction arose in his adolescence, when he was just 14 years old and leading his school choir. After studying at Lucknow University, Vijay moved to Austria to pursue music. There he honed his art at the University of Music and Performing Arts in the city of Graz. Also, he adopted Austrian culture and learned their local language.

Awarded with Golden Award of Honor

Since settling in Vienna, Vijay Upadhyaya has focused on composing music as well as conducting. He has composed symphonies such as 'Prayer Flags' and 'Chang An Men – Gateway to Enduring Peace', which reflect the influence of Indian and Chinese cultures on Western classical music. To nurture young talents, Vijay founded the India National Youth Orchestra and Chorus in 2010 so that they can gain experience working in orchestras and choruses. His contributions span the globe. He has served as conductor and composer for the China National Symphony Orchestra and has led several international projects in collaboration with the Austrian Foreign Ministry and the European Union. In recognition of his achievements in cultural diplomacy and music, he was awarded the Golden Award of Honour in Austria.

PM Modi was thrilled

“Austria is known for its vibrant musical culture. I got a glimpse of it through this wonderful rendition of Vande Mataram!” Modi said in a post on social media platform X. Modi also shared a video of the event. Modi will meet the President of the Republic of Austria Alexander Van der Bellen on Wednesday. The Prime Minister and Chancellor Nehammer will also address business leaders from India and Austria. Before leaving for Austria, Modi on Sunday said that shared values ​​such as democracy, freedom and rule of law are the foundation on which the two countries will build a close partnership.

PM Modi meets Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday met Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer and discussed bilateral partnership. Before the meeting, Modi said that India-Austria friendship is strong and it will become stronger in the times to come. Modi arrived here from Moscow on Tuesday evening on a two-day visit. This is the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister in more than 40 years. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said in a post on 'X' with pictures of the reception ceremony, “India and Austria are writing a new chapter in bilateral relations. PM Modi was warmly welcomed by Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer at the Federal Chancellery.” Modi was given a 'Guard of Honor' before the talks at the Federal Secretariat (Federal Chancellery) here.

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