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Exhibition on Czech Castles begins at Red Fort in Delhi

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An exhibition on Czech Castles, organized for the first time in India, was opened here today by Union Culture Minister Chandresh Kumari Katoch.
 
Czech Foreig Minister Jan Kohout and Culture Minister Jiri Balvin were present on the occasion.
 
The exhibition has been organized in collaboration with the Archaeological Survey of India and the Ministry of Culture by the National Museum of the Czech Republic and the Embassy of the Czech Republic.
 
Ms Katoch said that, like the Czech Republic, India has a culture of forts and castles and, in June this year, six hill forts in Rajasthan had received UNESCO's approval as World Heritage Sites.
 
"It is therefore extremely delightful that the Czech Republic has presented an important and attractive part of its national cultural heritage through large images, photographs of castles and stately homes via this exhibition," she said.
 
At the inauguration ceremony at the Red Fort, a memorandum of understanding between the National Museum of the Czech Republic and the Archaeological Survey of India was signed. The MoU will form the basis for more active cooperation between the two institutes. 
 
Czech Castle architecture is an important part of the cultural heritage of the Czech Republic. The exhibition presents a selection of 37 castles and chateaux of Bohemia and Moravia, two of the historic areas that make up the Czech state. The criterion for the selection of the localities has been their historical significance as well as their architectural, artistic, and historical value. 
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The inauguration ceremony was accompanied by live performance of the Czech classical music group “Spork Quartet”. The exhibition is accompanied by a cultural programme consisting of film shows, art exhibitions, music presentations and other events that will together celebrate the Czech-India Cultural Year 2014. 
 
The exhibition will stay at the Red Fort here till January 2014 and then tour various other cities of India. After Delhi, the exhibition will be presented in Leh (Leh Palace, June-July 2014), Kolkata (Currency Building September – October 2014), Mumbai (Nehru Science Centre, November 2014) and Goa – Panaji (Kala Academy, December 2014 – January 2015). 
 
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