Panaji, Sep 4 (IANS) Goa, one of the top tourism destinations in the country, should host electronic dance music (EDM) festivals based on classical music, musical plays and folk music, Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar said on Monday. Also Read - Want to Experience Sustainable Travel? Head to These 4 Destinations in India to Explore Just That

“Is Sunburn the only EDM, is there nothing else? There is classical music, folk songs, natya geet (musical plays), there can be so many EDMs. Goans need music. We are not against music,” Ajgaonkar told reporters here. Also Read - Poonam Pandey Accuses Husband Sam Bombay of Molesting, Assaulting, Threatening Her, Latter Arrested

“To promote tourism, music is necessary. You need EDMs to attract national and international tourists. We need good music, which promotes our culture and tradition,” he said. Also Read - Karan Johar Clicked After Months of Facing Backlash Following Sushant Singh Rajput's Death

Goa has been a destination for EDM festivals, some of the biggest being Sunburn and Supersonic, which have been held for several years now, barring 2016, when no major EDM festival was held in the state.

Ajgaonkar also said that the organisers of Sunburn this year had not approached the government for permissions for the event to be held in the coastal state, which attracts over six million tourists every year.

“We have not given permission for Sunburn. We have not even been given a proposal by Sunburn for an EDM,” Ajgaonkar said.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.