Nehru-Wangchuck Cultural Centre (NWCC) celebrated its fourth years of Anniversary
The roots of the warm and special relationship that India and Bhutan enjoys lie in history, geography and visionary leaders of two countries. The seeds of the success story of Indo-Bhutan relation were planted by His Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck and India’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharal Nehru in 1958. Since the meeting of two great minds, the friendship between India and Bhutan became deep at official as well people’s level.
To further strengthen this relationship, NehruWangchuck Cultural Centre (NWCC) was established on September 21st 2010. The name NehruWangchuck encompasses Pandit Nehru, the revered name in Bhutan and Wangchuck, the much loved Wangchuck dynasty stands for Bhutan. NWCC celebrated its fourth Anniversary on last Friday in the capital.
The centre undertake activities such as organizing cultural programs, hosting of exhibition of painting, fashion show, screening of films, conducting yoga and music classes on regular basis
The centre also has big library containing books on different subjects such as religion, literature, culture, fiction and foreign affairs.
Till now, the centre has 834 practitioners of yoga, 809 music lover registered with NWCC. Additionally, there are 684 members of the library who enjoy the benefit of borrowing books from library. The centre also provide platform to the upcoming artist, writers, designers and meditation groups of Bhutan.
Over the period of time, activities of the centre have increased to many folds. To accommodate the vast interest of Bhutanese Artist, the centre has acquired additional space on rent basis, part of which has been converted into permanent Art Gallery named Siddharth Art Gallery and it is provided with free of cost to the Bhutanese artist.
The yoga classes were conducted on a daily basis by a professionally qualified yoga teacher and 40 - 50 people attended the classes daily. The class starts from 7.00 am in the morning and from 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm in the evening.
It also provided two weeks training of trainers program on yoga and meditation for the staff and prisoners brought out from different districts by Royal Bhutan Police. Currently, a month long special program for 15 prison guards under Royal Bhutan Police is underway.
The centre also provide musical and dance on regular basis. Daily music classes in vocal, instrumental (harmonium, table, sitar), kathak dance are conducted every day by professional music teacher. And moreover, the centre also conducts lecture-cum-demonstration by eminent artists from both the countries in classical/folk forms of dances is also.
The centre also con- ducts art exhibitions, seminar, talks and workshop, and also it provides the visi6t of the artist, artists camps and participation traditional art promotion activities.
Meanwhile, during the anniversary the yoga demonstration and the cultural program were presented by the students of the NWCC.
Besides, an exhibition of paintings “Puducherry Blue” was inaugurated by Her Royal Highness Princess; Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck to mark the event which was the outcome of the artists from all the SAARC member countries who joined the Artists’ camp at Puducherry (India) organized under the auspices of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in March, 2010.