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Hello millennium with world music

World Music Radio has thought up an unusual musical welcome for the new millennium

World Music Radio, run by a group of volunteers, has thought up a novel idea to enable people all over the world to usher in the millennium.

World Music 2000, its new year's eve programme, begins 3:30 a m (Pacific Standard Time) on Friday, December 31, and continues for 24 hours, with each hour featuring the music of the land where it is midnight then.

World Music Radio webcasts Indian music too. On its site you will see a section devoted to Indian music. On Christmas eve, the station webcast Nordic instrumental music, African songs and some piano melodies.

Web Music Radio is run from San Diego in California, and also offers to webcast your new year message to people across the world. It invites you to e-mail your message to its disc jockey.

Its special programme begins with the first lands to welcome the millennium: the Pacific islands of Oceania, New Zealand, and extreme Eastern Russia. Then, the web radio moves West and highlights cultures in each time zone as it reaches the moment that bridges this millennium with the next.

In India every hotel has a millennium music concert. Doordarshan and All India Radio are doing some special programming, as are the private channels. Goa is the fourth most popular millennium destination in the world, and tourists have already descended in thousands. The Uttar Pradesh goverment has announced it will throw open the Taj Mahal to tourists at night, but it has no plans of doing so on new year's eve.

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Amritamati S

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