Three-day India-Afghan Cultural Festival inaugurated

A three-day India-Afghan Cultural Festival has started in the national capital jointly organized by the Government and Embassy of Afghanistan and ICCR.
The festival was inaugurated on Wednesday by Minister of State for Culture Mahesh Sharma and Minister of Culture and Information of Afghanistan, Prof. Moh. Rasool Bawari.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Sharma said India and Afghanistan enjoy age-old cultural and civilizational ties and the deep-rooted linkages in the fields of music, art, architecture, language and cuisine constitute an important bond of friendship between the people.
While exponents of Afghan classical music such as Ustad Sarahang were trained in the Patiala Gharana, the popular Indian music of Bollywood resonates in Afghan homes, he said. The central Bamyan province of Afghanistan is an epitome of a shared Buddhist heritage, he said.
Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore’s ‘Kabuliwala’ has connected Indians with the honest and large-hearted Afghans, he added.
Highlighting the common values shared by the two countries, he said the four Gurudwaras and the two temples in Kabul itself are testament to the tolerant and diverse society of Afghanistan.
Emphasising the developing partnership being extended by India for the people of Afghanistan, Dr Sharma said restoration of Afghan cultural heritage and strengthening its cultural institutions has been an important part of our support in the reconstruction of Afghanistan. The restoration of Storay palace in Kabul and support to the Afghan National Institute of Music are a few such examples, the Minister added.
The India-Afghan Festival will further bring out the commonalities between the two countries through art, handicrafts, dance, music and other forms, he said.
The festival includes cultural performances, handicrafts, exhibitions, cuisine and cultural shows from Afghanistan as well as India.


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