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Indian music on planes

Date: 31 December 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous


The Ministry of Civil Aviation has asked aircraft operators and airlines to play Indian music on board aircrafts and airport premises.



The request to play Indian music on aircrafts was made by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) to the Civil Aviation ministry.



  • The ministry has said that music is an integral part of socio-religious life and it will aptly be suitable for promoting Indian culture.

  • There are examples of other international airlines playing traditional music. The American airlines play jazz, middle-eastern airlines play Arab music and Austrian airlines play Mozart.


Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)

  • The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) is an autonomous organization under Government of India.

  • The President of ICCR, Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, had requested Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia to promote Indian music in flights operated by Indian carriers.


Functions of ICCR

  • Actively participate in the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes pertaining to India’s external cultural relations.

  • Fostering and strengthening cultural relations and mutual understanding between India and other countries.

  • Promote cultural exchanges with other countries and people, and to develop relations with nations.


Signatories of request

Anu Malik, Kaushal S Inamdar, Malini Awasthi, Shounak Abhisheki, Manjusha Patil K, Sanjeev Abhyankar, Rita Ganguly, and Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar were signatories of the request.


Current music on airlines

  • Currently, airlines play piped music in aircraft at the time of boarding and de-boarding of passengers.

  • Some airlines like Vistara started to play classic rock music on aircraft including Pink Floyd. Some airlines also play specially designed brand tunes or songs.