Celebrating Indo-Japan ties

Newly launched book, Healing Strings, written by Manmohan Sadana, ex-Joint Director General, Union Ministry of Tourism, celebrates 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between India and Japan.

Manmohan Sadana, former Joint Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, has launched his book titled ‘Healing Strings’ as part of the 70th anniversary celebrations of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Japan.

Koji Yoshida, Counsellor, Embassy of Japan, New Delhi was the chief guest at the launch ceremony. “It is of great significance that the publication of a book symbolizing the friendship between India and Japan is taking place on such an auspicious occasion,” said a representative of the Embassy of Japan.

Speaking about the book, Sadana said, “Love has only a beginning and music is its soul. Music provides succour, brings people closer and raises us from a physical to a spiritual level.  In today’s times, there is a great need to strengthen friendship among nations. My book will serve as a great tool to build a stronger connection and also to promote tourism between different countries.”

The book depicts how music heals, provides succour to the protagonist, the lovers, and the nation. It exquisitely portrays the Japanese culture and resilience and ends in the beautiful environs of Bekal in Kerala.

The launch saw more than 100 attendees gather in the evening over hi-tea, including artists, novelists, tourism experts and diplomats. It included a violin performance by Doordarshan artist Ustad Hamid Hussain Khan and a singing performance of traditional Japanese song by Simran Sadana from Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London. A depiction of the story of the novella through Ikebana by the Guru-Shisyaa duo, Meena Iyer and Simran Sadana was a major highlight.

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