Indian Coun­cil for Cul­tural Re­la­tions cel­e­brates in Yan­gon

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As part of cel­e­bra­tions of In­dia’s cul­tural her­itage in Myan­mar, “Cel­e­bra­tion of Foun­da­tion Day Indian Coun­cil for Cul­tural Re­la­tions (ICCR)” was or­ga­nized by the Em­bassy of In­dia, Yan­gon on 9 April.

Dur­ing the event Am­bas­sador of In­dia to Myan­mar, Shri Sau­rabh Ku­mar de­liv­ered the wel­come ad­dress and the Chief Guest Kyi Min, Deputy Min­is­ter of Reli­gious Af­fairs and Cul­ture of the Repub­lic of the Union of Myan­mar de­liv­ered the Open­ing Ad­dress. Over 300 guests in­clud­ing the diplo­matic corps, Indian com­mu­ni­ties and me­dia at­tended the event.

ICCR was founded on 9th April 1950 by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, who was in­de­pen­dent In­dia’s first Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter. Its ob­jec­tives are to ac­tively par­tic­i­pate in the for­mu­la­tion and im­ple­men­ta­tion of policies and pro­grammes per­tain­ing to In­dia’s ex­ter­nal cul­tural re­la­tions; to foster and strengthen cul­tural re­la­tions and mu­tual un­der­stand­ing be­tween In­dia and other coun­tries; to pro­mote cul­tural ex­changes with other coun­tries and peo­ple; and to de­velop re­la­tions with na­tions.

This cul­tural re­la­tion, how­ever, is not one sided. Myan­mar stu­dents group at­tended SAARC Cul­tural Fes­ti­val in In­dia in 2009. In the same year, a music band ‘’Emperor’’ also vis­ited In­dia to par­tic­i­pate in the “South Asian Bands Fes­ti­val” con­ducted by ICCR and got the chance to mes­mer­ize the au­di­ence in the Indian city of Shil­long in Megha­laya. Very re­cently, pop­u­lar singer May Thu Khain who sang the fa­mous Bha­jan – ‘Vais­hanv Jan To’ vis­ited In­dia to take part in the Asian Youth Fes­ti­val. As a part of the ‘Know In­dia’ ini­tia­tive of the Govern­ment of In­dia, many peo­ple from Myan­mar got an op­por­tu­nity to visit In­dia. Many stu­dents got chance to go to In­dia for post grad­u­ate and re­search stud­ies through ICCR.

In­dia is a land of var­ied cul­ture. Each state has its own lan­guage, dress, dif­fer­ent type of food, and social and reli­gious prac­tices. Yet there is one com­mon thread of unity. The pro­gramme which took place on 9th April gave glimpses of this di­ver­sity in a crisp man­ner.

Va­ri­ety of pro­grammes were per­formed on ICCR Foun­da­tion Day on 9th April 2019. The dances which were per­formed gave glimpses of dif­fer­ent states of In­dia like Jammu & Kash­mir and Gu­jarat, while the folk song de­picted the melody of Ra­jasthan. This romantic song de­picted the love be­tween the two birds, pea­cock and pea­hen. The fash­ion show show­cased the tra­di­tional cos­tumes from dif­fer­ent states in In­dia. The cen­tral idea be­hind this pro­gramme is “Unity in Di­ver­sity”. Each state in In­dia has dif­fer­ent cul­ture, cui­sine and cos­tume etc. This un­der­stand­ing strength­ens the bond be­tween dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties.

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