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Mumbai, Hyderabad enter Unesco Creative Cities list
The Times of India  |  November 1, 2019

Richa Pinto & Uttara Varma

Mumbai, the city of dreams, and Hyderabad, the home of haleem and biryani, were designated Unesco creative cities on the occasion of World Cities Day on Thursday. Mumbai entered the global network of creative cities under the film category and Hyderabad under gastronomy .


The network brings together cities that base development on creativity in music, arts and folk crafts, design, cinema, literature, digital arts or gastronomy. Till now, Varanasi (music), Chennai (music) and Jaipur (crafts & folk art) were in the network, which was on Thursday expanded to 246 members, with the inclusion of 66 cities, including Mumbai and Hyderabad.

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar said the recognition was long overdue.


"Mumbai has been the hub of films and 'Raja Harishchandra', the first full-length India feature film had premiered here. I am very happy. Such positioning puts us on the global map," he said.


"All over the world, these cities, each in its way, make culture the pillar, not an accessory, of their strategy," said Unesco director-general Audrey Azoulay, adding, "This favours political and social innovation, and is particularly important for young generations."