Know your country a little more with these interesting facts.
QUEST FOR KNOWLEDGE
The first Indian space venture actually fuelled the country’s now successful space programme. On November 21, 1962, India launched a Nike-Apache rocket for probing upper atmospheric regions and space research from the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station in Kerala. This venture was the beginning of long journey which also marked the start of the Indian Space Research Organisation (IS RO) in 1969. Fittingly so, The St Mary Magdalene Church in Thumba also houses a space museum.
MIND, BODY AND MUSIC
In 2004, a Grammy Award for best traditional world music was presented to the Indian monks of the Palpung Sherab Ling Monastery (Himachal Pradesh) for their album, Sacred Tibetan Chant
MS Subbulakshmi was the first Indian to perform at the United Nations on October 23, 1974. She was the first Indian musician to be presented with the Ramon Magsaysay Award, the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Vibhushan award (1954 and 1975).
AR Rahman became the first Indian to win an Individual Grammy Award and is credited with a victory at both the Oscar and the Grammy Awards.