The first World Music Day was observed and celebrated on the Summer Solstice in France in the year 1982 when the former French minister of art and culture, Jack Lange, along with Maurice Fleuret started the Fête de la Musique in Paris. Starting from 1982, the summer solstice day of June 21 came to be observed as the World Music Day. That is also why World Music Day is alternatively known as Fête de la Musique. Fleuret, who initiated and organised this day for music and its lovers, was a French composer, music journalist, and radio producer. From then on, music and its importance became more known across the globe.
After the first celebration in 1982, this Music Day festival became a global event. Soon after France recognised this festival, several countries including India, China, Malaysia, Italy, Greece, Ecuador, Mexico, Canada, the United States, Russia, Australia, Peru, Brazil, the UK, and Japan followed suit. To mark this day, veterans and budding learners come out to showcase their talent and make music. Every year on this day, free concerts are held across the world in an effort to make music accessible to all.
The theme of World Music Day 2021 is “Music at the intersections”. The other name of the event is ‘Make Music Day’ which stresses on the importance of nurturing one’s passion for music and sharing music with all without any restrictions. Due to Covid-19 pandemic, this year will not see public concerts commemorating the World Music Day. Nevertheless, the spirit of the day will keep ringing in the minds of music lovers.
Many studies and experts have pointed out that music helps in reducing stress, provides better sleep and keeps us going. Music therapy has proved wonders for people battling mental issues and it can also help an individual to exercise better. With the right kind of music, people can concentrate on their jobs and also perform better.The International Yoga Day and World Music Day will fall on the same day, i.e. 21 June. On this special occasion, you can not only enjoy music but also practice some yoga postures. Both yoga and music act as a stress buster and keep our body and mind calm
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”Plato