'I learnt diplomacy in India': Ban Ki-moon
Speaking at a function in the United Nations headquarters in New York, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday that he had learnt diplomacy in India, which was his first posting nearly four decades ago. Ban told the gathering, "That's the place where I learnt all that diplomacy."
Image: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon greets violin maestro L Subramaniam and son Ambi at the UN headquarters
'Music helped me relax, reflect and recharge'
"That's the place where I enjoyed Indian music," he said, adding that it helped him "relax, reflect and recharge". Ace violinists L Subramaniam and his son Ambi Subramaniam played at the function at the UN headquarters.
Image: Violin maestros L Subramaniam and Ambi Subramaniam perform at UN headquarters
Photographs: Snaps India
'Music's nuances don't have to be interpreted'
Speaking before the performance, Hardeep Singh Puri, India's permanent representative to the UN, said that the often "arcane language" of diplomacy wasn't a part of the "universal language" of music. "This is one language where the nuances don't have to be interpreted," he said.
Image: Hardeep Singh Puri, India's envoy to the UN greets L Subramaniam
Ban, a career diplomat
Image: The Subramaniams' violin performance drew a standing ovation