Updated October 12th, 2023 at 14:43 IST

PM Modi tries hands on Uttarakhand's traditional instrument: Past instances of his love for music

PM Modi was seen playing a traditional musical instrument of Uttarakhand during his day-long visit to the Indian hill state. 

Reported by: Mahima Joshi
PM Modi plays Uttarakhand's traditional musical instument. | Image:ANI
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s love for traditional music is now widely known not just in India but across the world as well. Whether he is in India, Mongolia or Japan, he always tries his hands on traditional musical instruments with full enthusiasm. On Thursday, PM Modi was seen playing a traditional musical instrument of Uttarakhand during his day-long visit to the Indian hill state. 

As per the video shared by news agency ANI, PM Modi was seen using sticks to play a drum-like instrument in Uttarakhand’s Gunji village. The Prime Minister was playing the instrument along with a local artisan. 

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#WATCH | Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches Gunji village in Uttarakhand.

PM Modi will interact with local people, along with Army, ITBP and BRO personnel pic.twitter.com/KU36VFSTVN

— ANI (@ANI)

Notably, this is not the first time when PM Modi couldn’t resist himself from trying his hands on a musical instrument. Over the years, since 2014, we have seen his love for music and instruments on several occasions and stages. 

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Instances when PM Modi showcased his love for music:

Manipur 

In January last year, PM Modi was seen playing traditional musical instruments during his visit to Manipur’s capital city Imphal. On seeing the folk artists welcome performance, the Prime Minister walked towards an artist who was playing gong and tried playing the instrument. He was also seen playing the drum.

#WATCH | Prime Minister Narendra Modi plays traditional musical instruments during his visit to Manipur pic.twitter.com/2Y4X11wV9z

— ANI (@ANI)

Chhattisgarh 

Earlier in 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi beat a traditional red dholak while he was campaigning for the saffron camp during Chhattisgarh Assembly polls. As PM Modi took to the stage, local leader threw the dholak's strap around his neck and persuaded him to proceed. 

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#WATCH: Prime Minister Narendra Modi plays a traditional drum during a rally in Chhattisgarh's Ambikapur. pic.twitter.com/rh7MAplnZ7

— ANI (@ANI)

Nepal 

In May 2018, PM Modi during his visit to the neighbouring Nepal played the himalayan country’s traditional drums. 

#WATCH Prime Minister Narendra Modi plays a traditional drum in #Nepal's Muktinath. pic.twitter.com/UlKgIh6aTl

— ANI (@ANI)

Meghalaya 

Expressing keen interest in traditional folk art, PM Modi in May 2016 played a local musical instrument – Khasi drum – of the northeastern state of Meghalaya. He also and sang and danced with the Khasi tribals. 

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Japan

A year after taking over as the Prime Minister of India, Prime Minister Modi during his Japan visit showcased his softer side and played traditional Japanese Taiko drums. After watching Taiko drum performance for a few minutes, PM Modi himself grabbed the sticks and bashed the instument like a pro.

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Mongolia 

In 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi played the Morin Khuur, a traditional two-stringed fiddle which is adorned with a carved horse head, and is considered a symbol of the Mongolian nation, for almost half a minute. 

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The Morin Khuur has figured prominently in Mongolia's nomad culture and is one of the most important musical instruments of the Mongol people.

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Published October 12th, 2023 at 14:43 IST